At the summer of 2014, she obtained an NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award and did a first internship under the supervision of René Doyon. The objective of this project was to identify potential targets to characterize exoplanet atmosphere with transit spectroscopy using NIRISS, one of the four instruments on the James Webb Space Telescope.
At the summer of 2015, Marie-Eve received the Trottier excellence grant for summer intern at iREx. Under the supervision of Étienne Artigau, she worked on the detection of brown dwarfs and exoplanets using direct imaging. This project led to the discovery of a young brown dwarf in the solar neighbourhood (paper in preparation). This grant also allowed her to spend 2 months at CFHT, where she worked at the improvement of the optical spectro-polarimeter ESPaDOns, under the supervision of Lison Malo.
In 2016, thanks to a second Trottier excellence grant, Marie-Eve worked with Francois-René Lachapelle and the professor David Lafrenière on the new PESTO camera, installed at Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic. To achieve its scientific objectives, this camera was conceived to use a very high cadence sampling. Marie-Eve got to verify if this feature allowed to fight scintillation, using numerical techniques.
Marie-Eve is now a master student at iREx, working with René Doyon. She has the objective to develop and verify the feasibility of a new detection method called “spectroscopic correlation” that will be made possible because of the great performances expected from the new NIR spectrographs like SPIRou and NIRPS.
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