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Another Pale Blue Dot: 
Inside SETI Institute’s Search for Exoplanets

Another Pale Blue Dot: 
Inside SETI Institute’s Search for Exoplanets

Franck Marchis

About This Talk

January 16, 02018
New science and tech are vastly accelerating
 the search for exoplanets: an effort that’s only decades old. How long until we find Earth 2.0? SETI Institute’s Senior Planetary Astronomer will update us 
on the latest work to find planets like Earth.

Dr. Franck Marchis has been a Principal Investigator at the Carl Sagan Center of the SETI Institute since July 2007. Over the past 15 years, he has dedicated his research to the study of our solar system using mainly ground-based telescopes equipped with adaptive optics. He made the first ground-based observations of the volcanoes on the jovian moon Io, using the first Adaptive Optics (AO) systems available on the European Southern Observatory (ESO) 3.6 m telescope at Chile’s La Silla Observatory.

Recently he has been working on a new generation of AOs; developing algorithms to process and enhance the quality of images, both astronomical and biological, using fluorescence microscopy; and developing the Gemini Planet Imager, an extreme AO system for the Gemini South telescope which will image and record spectra of exoplanets orbiting around nearby stars.

He holds a PhD from Toulouse III university in his native France. His doctoral research described the application of adaptive optics to the study of the solar system. The asteroid 6639 Marchis was named in his honor in 02007.
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