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Marie Ygouf

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Address:

4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 169-506

Pasadena, CA 91109

Curriculum Vitae:

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Exoplanet Discovery and Science

Biography

My research focuses on high-contrast imaging in the view of directly detecting and characterizing exoplanets. I am particularly interested in improving the performance of instruments for exoplanet science, taking profit of data analysis and of the detailed characterization of the instrumental limitations and calibration capabilities. 

I enjoy participating to public outreach activities including: Portable Planetarium Visits at children's hospitals in LA, NASA Solar System Ambassador, Public Science Talks, Adopt-a-Physicist, Letters to a Pre-Scientist and Skype a Scientist Programs, JPL Open House, Science advising for educational videos.

When not working, you will likely find me in the backcountry, sleeping with Grizzly bears in Yellowstone, walking on the Mauna Loa Volcanoe or canoeing in the Ten Thousands islands in the Everglades. 

Education

PhD in Astrophysics (Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France) 

MSC in Optical Sciences and Engineering (Institut d’Optique Graduate School, Palaiseau, France)

BSC in Fundamental Physics (Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris VI, Paris, France)

Professional Experience

Jet Propulsion Laboratory - Technologist for the Roman Space Telescope CGI (2020-Present)

California Institute of Technology / IPAC in Pasadena - Postdoctoral researcher (2016-2020)  

Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore - Postdoctoral fellow (2014-2016)

University of Maryland in College Park - Research associate (2013-2014)

Institut de Planétologie et d’Astrophysique de Grenoble / ONERA in Châtillon - PhD Student (2009-2013)

Safran/Sagem Défense Securité/REOSC in Saint-Pierre-du-Perray - Optical Engineer  (2007-2009)

Paris-Meudon Observatory/LESIA - Intern (2007) 

Community Service

Various public outreach activities including: Planetarium assistant during Portable Planetarium Visits at children's hospitals in LA, NASA Solar System Ambassador, Public Science Talks, Adopt-a-Physicist, Letters to a Pre-Scientist and Skype a Scientist Programs, JPL Open House, Science advisor for educational videos

Research Interests

Direct detection of exoplanets, image processing, high angular resolution and high-contrast techniques, wavefront sensing and control, simulation, modeling and optical design.

Selected Awards

Recipient of the Mentor of the Year Award (Candace Rypisi Outstanding Mentor Award @ Caltech) as part of my contribution to the Caltech Women Mentoring Women Program

Selected Publications

  1. "Searching for Planets Orbiting α Cen A with the James Webb Space Telescope", C. Beichman, M. Ygouf, et al., PASP, 2020
  2. "Data processing and algorithm development for the WFIRST-AFTA coronagraph", in SPIE Conference Series, M. Ygouf et al., 2016
  3. "WFIRST-AFTA Coronagraphic Operations: Lessons Learned from the Hubble Space Telescope and the James Webb Space Telescope", J. H. Debes, M. Ygouf et al., , in JATIS, 2015
  4. "Simultaneous exoplanet detection and instrument aberration retrieval in multispectral coronagraphic imaging", M. Ygouf et al., in Astronomy and Astrophysics, 2013