Dr. Jérome Maire

Jérome Maire’s research interests include the formation of planetary systems and the search for exoplanets. He is conducting some of this research as part of the team developing the Gemini Planet Imager, or GPI.

Maire developed the GPI data-reduction pipeline and has used test data from the instrument, while it was at the University of Santa Cruz, to characterize and improve its high-contrast imaging performance prior to commissioning on the Gemini South telescope in late 2013.

Maire’s research also focuses on a question that is fundamental to all Earth-based astronomy: How does the atmosphere affect our observations? His work will help astronomers select astronomical sites and improve existing instruments. In November 2012, he travelled to Ellesmere Island where he measured atmospheric turbulence and its effect on observations with the Slope Detection and Ranging instrument (SLODAR) he designed and built.

Maire received his PhD from the Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis, was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Montréal, and joined the Dunlap Institute in September 2011.