Département de physique
Université de Montréal
C.P. 6128, Succursale Centre-Ville
Canada H3C 3J7
Phone: 514-343-6111 x 3204
Research field: Infrared instrumentation; exoplanets and brown dwarf stars.
Description of the research project:
René Doyon's research focuses on the development of advanced astronomical instrumentation for various observatories on the ground and in space. He is also actively involved in various observation programs targeting the search and characterization of brown dwarfs, exoplanets and low-mass young stars. René Doyon leads various instrumentation projects in the infrared domain (camera and spectrograph) for the telescope of the Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic. He is also involved in the development of the Gemini Planet Imager for the Gemini South Observatory in Chile, which has been in operation since 2013. He is the co-principal investigator of SPIRou, a high-resolution spectro-polarimeter optimized for the infrared domain for the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope. SPIRou is designed to detect telluric planets (i.e. similar to the Earth), located in the "habitable" zone around low-mass stars in the solar neighborhood. René Doyon is also the principal investigator of NIRISS, one of the four scientific instruments of the James Webb Space Telescope, scheduled for launch in October 2018.
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