Laurent Pueyo is an astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute, in Baltimore, Maryland. He earned his doctorate from Princeton University in 2008 and conducted his post-doctoral work as a NASA Fellow at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and as a Sagan Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University. His research focuses on imaging faint planets around nearby stars. He has pioneered advanced data analysis methods that are now standard tools used to study extrasolar planets, and developed wavefront control techniques that are now baselined for future NASA missions.
At STScI his duties include optimizing the extrasolar-planet imaging capabilities of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), scheduled to launch in late 2019. He is also a member of the Science and Technology Definition Team for the Large Ultraviolet Optical and Infrared telescope, a future observatory that will identify Earth-sized planets and assess their habitability.
His research is aimed at understanding our place in the universe using comparative exoplanetogy. The two key questions he is focusing on are i) the formation history of giant planets and ii) the design of future experiments that will identify biomarkers on the surface of temperate earth analogs. In practice he investigates a broad range of observational and instrumentation problems aimed at opening key diagnostics windows pertaining to these science themes.
PhD, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University
Research Topics: Exoplanets; Instrumentation; Direct imaging; Exoplanet Characterization; Data Analysis; Coronagraphs; Wavefront Sensing and Control; ExoCTK; WFIRST-CGI; LUVOIR