Gilles P.P.L. Otten

Gilles P.P.L. Otten

Support Scientist

ASIAA

Biography

Support Scientist at Institute of Astronomy & Astrophysics, Academia Sinica (ASIAA) in Taiwan. Involved in the HiRISE project at LAM, Marseille, to combine high contract imaging and high dispersion spectroscopy at the VLT, and the MASCARA project at Leiden Observatory which searches for transiting exoplanets around the brightest stars. PhD on the prototyping, lab-testing and on-sky demonstration of a new type of broad-band coronagraphs. Amateur-genealogist with an interest in genetics as a tool to research family history.

Interests

  • Astronomical instrumentation
  • Exoplanets
  • Achromatic optics
  • Coronagraphy
  • High dispersion spectroscopy
  • Interferometry
  • Wavefront sensing
  • Genealogy
  • Genetics
  • History

Education

  • PhD in Astronomical Instrumentation, 2016

    Leiden Observatory

  • MSc in Astronomy, 2011

    Leiden University

  • BSc in Astronomy, 2009

    Leiden University

Projects

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exoGravity

The exoGravity Large Program uses GRAVITY on the VLTI to study the astrometry and atmospheres of known directly imaged extrasolar planets.

PAPYRUS

Installing an Adaptive Optics instrument based around a Pyramid Wavefront Sensor at the T152 at Observatoire de Haute Provence.

HiRISE

Combining high contrast imaging with high dispersion spectroscopy

MASCARA

The Multi-Site All-Sky CAmeRA searches for transiting exoplanets around the brightest stars in the sky.

Vector APP

The vector Apodizing Phase Plate coronagraph (vAPP) surpresses starlight on both sides of a star using an achromatic pupil-plane coronagraph based on liquid-crystal technology. This enables an improved detection and characterization of exoplanets and their atmospheres.

Genetic genealogy

DNA is a powerful tool in family research and has provided valuable clues in research of my family’s origins.

Genealogy

Otten family tree with more than 10000 relatives. Updated since the year 2000.

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