Geert Jan Talens

JWST Postdoctoral Researcher, Université de Montréal

Geert Jan did his Ph.D. research in Leiden working on MASCARA, a survey aimed at finding transiting exoplanets around the brightest stars (4 < V < 8.4).

His primary task was the development of the calibration and detection algorithms, and he coordinated the follow-up observations needed to confirm the detected signals.

His work has so far resulted in the detection of two new planets that each orbit a bright, massive star.

The brightness of their host stars makes these exoplanets excellent targets for atmospheric characterization work.

Geert Jan was also involved in bRing, a project to monitor the 2017/2018 Hill sphere transit of beta Pictoris b.

At UdeM he will work on improving and developing algorithms used for the analysis of exoplanet atmopsheric spectra obtained from space-based facilities as part of the James Webb NIRISS team.

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