Research activities

My research activities focus on the detection and characterisation of sub-stellar companions such as ultra-cool dwarfs, brown dwarfs and exoplanets. I am mainly interested in the formation process and dynamics of such objects, and also in their structure and atmospheres.

The main detection techniques I am using are doppler radial velocity, and infrad-red direct detection using angular differential imaging or non-redundant masking.

To achieve this I am developing new data reduction techniques to push detection limits further down in the mass-separation regime. I am also part of the SPHERE consortium, the next generation direct detection instrument for the Very Large Telescope (ESO/VLT).

Currently I am on a post-doctoral fellowship of the swiss national science foundation (SNSF)  at the Institute for Astronomy of the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. I am taking this opportunity to carry on my research using Maunakea facilities such as Subaru/SCExAO, Gemini/GMOS, and Keck/NIRC2.