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Pierre Bastien

Département de physique
Université de Montréal
C.P. 6128, Succursale Centre-Ville
Montréal, QC
Canada   H3C 3J7
Phone : 514-343-6682
Fax : 514-343-2071
Email: bastien@astro.umontreal.ca
Web: http://www.astro.umontreal.ca/~bastien/
Office : B-422

Research field : Stellar formation; young stars; instrumentation; polarimetry.

Description of the research project:
Pierre Bastien's research focuses on the formation of stars and planetary systems. This is one of the priority research areas identified by the Canadian astronomical community. Stars and planetary systems are formed in the interstellar medium from clouds of gas and dust. Light from a newly-formed star is scattered and polarized by microscopic dust grains. By measuring this polarization, one can find out about the properties of the grains and the general circumstellar environment. Combining this with other observations and with modelling, we learn about conditions in protoplanetary disks where planets are formed. In order to understand the role of magnetic fields in molecular clouds and in the processes of star formation, Pierre Bastien participated in the construction of a polarimeter for the James-Clerk-Maxwell submillimeter radio telescope, in Hawaii. He also steered the construction of a new polarimeter, POMM, a hundred times more precise than the one used previously at the Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic.

List of graduate students :
Taylor Bell (Ph.D.)

Member of the following committees

    2004-06 to 2006-12 : Comité scientifiques canadien pour ALMA
    2002-07 to 2009-05 : SCUBA-2 Canadian Steering Committee
    2002-01 to 2009-05 : Membre du consortium canadien pour SCUBA-2
    2000-10 to 2002-12 : Membre, puis président du comité d'attribution temps de télescope pour TCFH et Gemini (CTAC)
    2000-01 to 2003-12 : Comité scientifique du Télescope Canada-France-Hawaii (SAC)
    1997-08 to 2000-07 : Comité de sélection des subventions no. 17 du CRSNG, Recherches spatiales et astronomie
    1997-06 to 2007-05 : Conseil d'administration du Centre de recherche 'Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic'
    1994-06 to 1996-06 : Conseil d'administration de l'Institut canadien d'astrophysique théorique (CITA Council)
    1992-05 to 1994-08 : Comité d'attribution de temps au télescope James-Clerk-Maxwell (CTAG)
    1992-04 to 2007-05 : Comité scientifique de l'Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic

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