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Virginie Faramaz

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
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Pasadena, CA 91109

Curriculum Vitae:

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Exoplanet Discovery and Science


Born and raised in Savoy in the French Alps, where we are crazy over fondue, raclette, and basically any dish that contains cheese, ham and potatoes, I obtained my PhD at IPAG in Grenoble in 2014 on Exoplanetary Systems Dynamics. I learnt in particular how planets can interact with debris disks and how modelling debris disks allows to set constraints on hidden planetary components. Then I spent three years in Chile for my first postdoc, where I got the chance to learn more about observational aspects, in particular, about millimetre interferometric observations of debris disks with ALMA. In addition, I enjoyed a lot being a science teacher for various audiences all along my university studies, as well as carrying out popularisation activities, especially for kids.


PhD in Astrophysics at IPAG-Univerite Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France.

Professional Experience

FONDECYT Postdoctoral Fellow at the Instituto de Astrofisica, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago.

Research Interests

Dynamical history and evolution of debris disks and planetary systems, their interactions, related debris disks large scale asymmetries, Infrared and millimetre observations of debris disks, N-body simulations, celestial mechanics, dynamical production of comets, astrobiology.

Selected Publications

  • “Inner mean-motion resonances with eccentric planets: a possible origin for exozodiacal dust clouds” by V. Faramaz, S. Ertel, M. Booth, J. Cuadra., C. Simmonds; MNRAS 2017, Vol. 465, Issue 2, p.2352-2365
  • “94 Ceti: a triple star with a planet and a dust disc” by J. Wiegert, V. Faramaz, F. Cruz Saenz de Miera; MNRAS 2016, Vol. 462, Issue 2, p.1735-1748
  • “Resolving the planetesimal belt of HR 8799 with ALMA” by M. Booth, A. Jordan, S. Casassus, A. Hales, B. Dent, V. Faramaz, L. Matra, D. Barkats, R. Brahms, J. Cuadra; MNRAS 2016, Vol. 460, Issue 1, p.L10-L14
  • “Insights on the dynamical history of the Fomalhaut system - Investigating the Fom c hypothesis” by V. Faramaz, H. Beust, J.-C. Augereau, P. Kalas, J. R. Graham; Astronomy & Astrophysics 2015, Vol. 573, A87
  • “Can eccentric debris disks be long-lived? - A first numerical investigation and application to Zeta2 Reticuli” by V. Faramaz, H. Beust, P. Thebault, J.-C. Augereau, A. Bonsor, C. del Burgo, S. Ertel, J. P. Marshall, J. Milli, B. Montesinos, A. Mora, G. Bryden, W. Danchi, C. Eiroa, G. J. White, S. Wolf; Astronomy & Astrophysics 2014, Vol. 563, A72
  • “An independent determination of Fomalhaut b's orbit and the dynamical effects on the outer dust belt” by H. Beust, J.-C. Augereau, A. Bonsor, J. R. Graham, P. Kalas, J. Lebreton, A.-M. Lagrange, S. Ertel, V. Faramaz, P. Thebault; Astronomy & Astrophysics 2014 , Vol. 561, A43
  • “An interferometric study of the Fomalhaut inner debris disk - III. Detailed models of the exozodiacal disk and its origin” by J. Lebreton, R. van Lieshout, J.-C. Augereau, O. Absil, B. Mennesson, M. Kama, C. Dominik, A. Bonsor, J. Vandeportal, H. Beust, D. Defrère, S. Ertel, V. Faramaz, P. Hinz, Q. Kral, A.-M. Lagrange, W. Liu, P. Thebault; Astronomy & Astrophysics 2013, Vol. 555, A146
  • “DUst around NEarby Stars. The survey observational results” by C. Eiroa, J. P. Marshall, A. Mora, B. Montesinos, O. Absil, J.-C. Augereau, A. Bayo, G. Bryden, W. Danchi, C. del Burgo, S. Ertel, M. Fridlund, A. M. Heras, A. V. Krivov, R. Launhardt, R. Liseau, T. Löhne, J. Maldonado, G. L. Pilbratt, A. Roberge, J. Rodmann, J. Sanz-Forcada, E. Solano, K. Stapelfeldt, P. Thebault, S. Wolf, D. Ardila, M. Arevalo, C. Beichmann, V. Faramaz, B. M. Gonzelez-Garcia, R. Gutierrez, J. Lebreton, R. Martinez-Arnaiz, G. Meeus, D. Montes, G. Olofsson, K. Y. L. Su, G. J. White, D. Barrado, M. Fukagawa, E. Grün, I. Kamp, R. Lorente, A. Morbidelli, S. Müller, H. Mutschke, T. Nakagawa, I. Ribas, H. Walker; Astronomy & Astrophysics 2013, Vol. 555, A11