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I am a resident astronomer at the Canada France Hawaii
Corporation. My specialty is high angular resolution, namely
adaptive optical technologies
Some information and links on my exhibition of digitally recrafted
watercolors, Visions of Death in Paradise.
I gave a presentation to the CFHT Staff trying to explain
the FIRST instrument and the concepts behind interferometry; here are the slides... Hopefully, it will help to
demistify this elegant and clever instrument!
New: MySpace profile
Some of the extra-curricular talks (astrolunches) I have given in
the past year or so:
- The Theory of Everything - or why
the end of Science is an absurd proposition. A rather pompous title
but it is rather tongue in cheek. Loosely based on a lecture and some
papers of Robert Laughlin and others.
- In collaboration with out librarian, Liz Bryson, The Secret Life of Lobsters wherein
we skillfully managed to tie in astronomy and justify our delirium
tremens and fish gumbo! This is where I did some of my first watercolors.
- Following the earthquake that hit Hawaii on October 15th, 2006, I
thought that it would be interesting to research the kind of hazard we
expose ourselves to by living on an active volcano. This gave rise to
the Megatsunamis and Giant Landslides
- I just gave a 30 minutes talk at the Kahilu Theater about why we
(universally) have and like Music. No small task if you ask me... I have
not yet found a good solution to displaying this multimedia presentation
(with remixes of Bach+Cradle of Filth!) on my web page, but I'm working
Link to some pictures of Christmas 2007 (and New Year) in France,
Paris and Isola 2000.
Link to some pictures of our 2006 vacation to Tahiti and Tikehau.
I defended my Ph.D. dissertation on december 11th 1996, traveled
around the world and went for a two year post-doc athe
W.M. Keck Obsveratory
to work on
their AO system
. Since October 1st 1999, I am back at CFHT (where I came to do parts
of my Ph.D.).
Link to my List of Publications
Link to bookmarks
Link to wedding
Link to wedding pictures
( large pictures got destroyed by virus. the site is
safe nowbut we haven't gotten round to re-scanning them)
Some of my interests are illustrated on the pictures
opposite (although honestly, it's time for an update! check out myspace page.