Julien H. Girard

Astronomer in Santiago, Chile

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I am a Staff Astronomer at ESO's Paranal Observatory & support VLT(I) operations. Adaptive Optics specialist, I am the lead Instrument Scientist of SPHERE, former of NACO.

Researchwise I directly detect/image/characterize extra-solar planets, disks & brown dwarfs, younger & dustier "solar systems in the making". ESO Photo Ambassador, it's one modest way of reaching the public.

My time is split between Santiago & the North of Chile. I also enjoy traveling, photography, anthropology, linguistics, wine & cooking. I love traditional musics & all forms of improvization: jazz, hip hop, capoeira.

Living in latin America since 10+ years (Mexico DF, Santiago), I am concerned about air qualilty issues in big urban areas.

  • Work
    • European Southern Observatory
  • Education
    • Phd Physics & Astrophysics (Lyon 2005)