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Laurent Pou (full name: Sophal Laurent Pou) received a Master in Engineering and Space Science from ISAE-Supaero, Toulouse, France before completing a Ph.D. in Astrophysics, Planetary and Space Sciences also at ISAE-Supaero. He then pursued his research in planetary sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz for three years, and has started an NPP Postdoc at JPL on June 2022.
During his Ph.D., Laurent worked on the Mars InSight mission to use the seismometer SEIS as a gravimeter to detect the Phobos tides on Mars, and to model the gravity field and tidal stress of binary asteroid systems. He continued this work during his Postdoc at UCSC while also working on the orbital evolution of binary systems, and on the DART and Hera mission. Now, he studies the likelihood of deep tidal quakes on Europa and the possibility of detection by a potential surface seismometer at JPL. He is a InSight Science Team member, Co-Lead of the Data Processing Working Group of the InSight mission, and a core member of the Hera mission.