Audrey Delsanti  - Curriculum vitae

Associate professor at Paris Observatory

Research interests

Physical properties of minor bodies of the outer Solar System (Kuiper Belt Objects, Centaurs and related populations)

  • Large photometric surveys and statistical studies of the surface colors (global properties of the population), co-author of the MBOSS photometric database
  • Reflectance spectroscopy to constrain the chemical composition of the surface
  • Empirical modeling of the surface color evolution through time (under several physical processes)
  • Deep sky, wide imaging surveys for the detection of new objects, constraints on the size distribution 
Tools :
  • observations (imaging and low resolution spectroscopy in the visible and near infrared)
  • data reduction and analysis
  • numerical simulations and modeling
  • databases and statistical studies 

Current situation

  • Associate professor at Paris Observatory. Teaching duties : 192h per academic year.

  • In charge of the  "Diplôme d'Université à distance Astronomie et Mécanique Céleste de l'Observatoire de Paris" (e-formation in astronomy with graduation for first-year science students and the general public of equivalent level) 

  • Member of the Observatoire de Paris Teaching board (UFE)
  • Member of the International Astronomical Union

Professional experience

Sep. 2006 to  present: Associate professor at Observatoire de Paris (France)
Research on the minor bodies of the outer Solar System
Sep. 2004 to  Aug. 2006: “Postdoctoral Fellowship” at the Institute for Astronomy - Hawaii -  USA
and the NASA Astrobiology Institute

Studying the "Water and organic materials in the minor bodies of the outer solar system"
Sep. 2003 to Aug. 2004: Teaching and Research Assistant at Paris Observatory - LESIA - (Meudon, France)
Dec. 2002 to Dec. 2003: PhD student at Paris Observatory - LESIA (Meudon, France)
Nov. 2000 to Nov. 2002: PhD student at ESO (European Southern Observatory) - Santiago, Chile
Mar. 2000 to  Jun. 2000: JPL – Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA – Master degree internship
 "High angular resolution adaptive optics imaging of asteroid 4 Vesta"
Mar. 1999 to Aug.1999: ESO – Chile – BA degree internship
“Search for faint/distant Trans-Neptunian Objects”


2003 :  PhD in Astrophysics - University of Paris VI - France (with the highest honors)
"Detection and physical properties of trans-neptunian objects"
University of Paris VI, Pierre & Marie Curie (France) / ESO (Chile)
Dir. A. Barucci and O. Hainaut
2000 : Master in Astrophysics (with honors) - Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris VI - France
1999 : Bachelor in theoretical physics - Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble - France