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dr. J.M.L.B. (Jean-Michel) Desert

Faculty of Science
Anton Pannekoek Institute of Astronomy
Photographer: Dirk Gillissen

Visiting address
  • Science Park 904
  • Room number: C4.119
Postal address
  • Postbus 94249
    1090 GE Amsterdam
  • Biography

    Profile

    Jean-Michel Désert is an Assistant Professor at the University of Amsterdam.  After completing his PhD in Exoplanet atmospheres at the Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris (France) in 2009, he held a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard College Observatory (USA) to work on NASA’s Kepler mission, and became a Carl Sagan fellow at Caltech (USA). In 2013, he went on an Assistant Professor position at the University of Colorado Boulder (USA) before joining the Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy in 2015. He is a NWO-TOPII and ERC Starting Grant Laureate.

    Research and teaching

    Jean-Michel works on detecting and characterizing the atmospheres of planets orbiting nearby stars, and teaches Planetary Sciences to bachelor students. The main goal of his research is to answer key questions about the formation and evolution of exoplanets, and to explain the origin and characteristics of our Solar System and the Earth. The most important component of his work focuses on studying exoplanet’s atmospheres to learn about their composition and overall physical properties. He conducts comparative exoplanetology observational programs (e.g., HST, Spitzer, Kepler, VLT). Ultimately, his work provides pioneering techniques that will be used to characterize potentially habitable exoplanets with future capabilities such as JWST and Extremely Large Telescopes (ELTs).

    Keywords

    Exoplanets, Exoplanet atmospheres, Planetary sciences, Star and planet formation.

  • Publications

    2018

    • Arcangeli, J., Désert, J-M., Line, M. R., Bean, J. L., Parmentier, V., Stevenson, K. B., ... Showman, A. P. (2018). H- Opacity and Water Dissociation in the Dayside Atmosphere of the Very Hot Gas Giant WASP-18b. Astrophysical Journal Letters, 855(2), [L30]. https://doi.org/10.3847/2041-8213/aab272 [details]
    • Bean, J. L., Stevenson, K. B., Batalha, N. M., Berta-Thompson, Z., Kreidberg, L., Crouzet, N., ... Zingales, T. (2018). The Transiting Exoplanet Community Early Release Science Program for JWST. Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 130(993), 114402. https://doi.org/10.1088/1538-3873/aadbf3
    • Kreidberg, L., Line, M. R., Parmentier, V., Stevenson, K. B., Louden, T., Bonnefoy, M., ... Arcangeli, J. (2018). Global Climate and Atmospheric Composition of the Ultra-hot Jupiter WASP-103b from HST and Spitzer Phase Curve Observations. Astronomical Journal, 156(1), [17]. https://doi.org/10.3847/1538-3881/aac3df [details]
    • Mansfield, M., Bean, J. L., Line, M. R., Parmentier, V., Kreidberg, L., Désert, J-M., ... Dragomir, D. (2018). An HST/WFC3 Thermal Emission Spectrum of the Hot Jupiter HAT-P-7b. Astronomical Journal, 156(1), [10]. https://doi.org/10.3847/1538-3881/aac497 [details]
    • Mansfield, M., Bean, J. L., Oklopčić, A., Kreidberg, L., Désert, J-M., Kempton, EM-R., ... Bourrier, V. (2018). Detection of Helium in the Atmosphere of the Exo-Neptune HAT-P-11b. Astrophysical Journal Letters, 868(2), [L34]. https://doi.org/10.3847/2041-8213/aaf166 [details]
    • Parmentier, V., Line, M. R., Bean, J. L., Mansfield, M., Kreidberg, L., Lupu, R., ... Marley, M. S. (2018). From thermal dissociation to condensation in the atmospheres of ultra hot Jupiters: WASP-121b in context. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 617, [A110]. https://doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361/201833059 [details]
    • Zhang, M., Knutson, H. A., Kataria, T., Schwartz, J. C., Cowan, N. B., Showman, A. P., ... Deming, D. (2018). Phase Curves of WASP-33b and HD 149026b and a New Correlation between Phase Curve Offset and Irradiation Temperature. Astronomical Journal, 155(2), [83]. https://doi.org/10.3847/1538-3881/aaa458 [details]

    2017

    • Brogi, M., Line, M., Bean, J., Désert, J-M., & Schwarz, H. (2017). A Framework to Combine Low- and High-resolution Spectroscopy for the Atmospheres of Transiting Exoplanets. Astrophysical Journal Letters, 839(1), [L2]. https://doi.org/10.3847/2041-8213/aa6933 [details]
    • Huitson, C. M., Désert, J-M., Bean, J. L., Fortney, J. J., Stevenson, K. B., & Bergmann, M. (2017). Gemini/GMOS Transmission Spectral Survey: Complete Optical Transmission Spectrum of the Hot Jupiter WASP-4b. Astronomical Journal, 154(3), 95. https://doi.org/10.3847/1538-3881/aa7f72 [details]
    • Lecavelier des Etangs, A., Hébrard, G., Blandin, S., Cassier, J., Deeg, H. J., Bonomo, A. S., ... Vidal-Madjar, A. (2017). Search for rings and satellites around the exoplanet CoRoT-9b using Spitzer photometry. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 603, [A115]. https://doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361/201730554 [details]
    • Snellen, I. A. G., Désert, J-M., Waters, L. B. F. M., Robinson, T., Meadows, V., van Dishoeck, E. F., ... Brogi, M. (2017). Detecting Proxima b’s Atmosphere with JWST Targeting CO2 at 15 μm Using a High-pass Spectral Filtering Technique. Astronomical Journal, 154(2), [77]. https://doi.org/10.3847/1538-3881/aa7fbc [details]
    • Stevenson, K. B., Line, M. R., Bean, J. L., Désert, J-M., Fortney, J. J., Showman, A. P., ... Feng, Y. K. (2017). Spitzer Phase Curve Constraints for WASP-43b at 3.6 and 4.5 μm. Astronomical Journal, 153(2), [68]. https://doi.org/10.3847/1538-3881/153/2/68 [details]

    2016

    • Montet, B. T., Johnson, J. A., Fortney, J. J., & Desert, J-M. (2016). Benchmark Transiting Brown Dwarf LHS 6343 C: Spitzer Secondary Eclipse Observations Yield Brightness Temperature and Mid-T Spectral Class. Astrophysical Journal Letters, 822(1), [L6]. https://doi.org/10.3847/2041-8205/822/1/L6 [details]
    • Stevenson, K. B., Bean, J. L., Seifahrt, A., Gilbert, G. J., Line, M. R., Désert, J-M., & Fortney, J. J. (2016). A Search for Water in the Atmosphere of HAT-P-26b Using LDSS-3C. Astrophysical Journal, 817(2), 141. https://doi.org/10.3847/0004-637X/817/2/141
    • Stevenson, K. B., Lewis, N. K., Bean, J. L., Beichman, C., Fraine, J., Kilpatrick, B. M., ... Wakeford, H. R. (2016). Transiting Exoplanet Studies and Community Targets for JWST's Early Release Science Program. Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 128(967), 94401. https://doi.org/10.1088/1538-3873/128/967/094401

    2018

    • Raskin, G., Delabie, T., De Munter, W., Sana, H., Vandenbussche, B., Vandoren, B., ... Vandepitte, D. (2018). CUBESPEC: low-cost space-based astronomical spectroscopy. Proceedings of the SPIE, 10698, [106985R]. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2314074 [details]

    2018

    • Batalha, N. M., Bean, J., Stevenson, K., Sing, D., Crossfield, I., Knutson, H., ... Transiting Exoplanet ERS Team (2018). The Transiting Exoplanet Community Early Release Science Program for JWST. Poster session presented at 231th AAS Meeting, National Harbor, United States.
    • Fossati, L., France, K., Flaming, B., Aickara Gopinathan, S., Egan, A., Desert, J-M., ... Vidotto, A. (2018). CUTE: A Small NUV Satellite Mission to Study Exoplanet Atmospheres. Poster session presented at European Planetary Science Congress 2018, Berlin, .
    • Roberts, J., Berta-Thompson, Z. K., Desert, J-M., Deck, K., Fabrycky, D., Fortney, J. J., ... Winn, J. N. (2018). Atmospheres of Two Super-Puffs: Transmission Spectra of Kepler 51b and Kepler 51d. Abstract from 232nd AAS Meeting, Denver, United States.
    • Todorov, K., Desert, J-M., Huitson, C., Bean, J., Fortney, J., Bergmann, M., & Stevenson, K. (2018). Results and lessons from the GMOS survey of transiting exoplanet atmospheres. Abstract from 231th AAS Meeting, National Harbor, United States.

    2017

    • Batalha, N. M., Bean, J., Stevenson, K., Sing, D., Crossfield, I., Knutson, H., ... Lopez-Morales, M. (2017). The Transiting Exoplanet Community Early Release Science Program for JWST. 4151. Abstract from Habitable Worlds 2017 , Laramie, United States.

    Award

    • Desert, J. M. L. B. (2016). NWO TOP II.
    • Desert, J. M. L. B. (2015). ERC Starting Grant.

    Media appearance

    • Desert, J. M. L. B. (29-05-2016). Nasa cherche planète habitable (NASA search habitable planets) [Print] Le Journal Du Dimanche. Nasa cherche planète habitable (NASA search habitable planets).

    Talk / presentation

    • Desert, J. M. L. B. (invited speaker) (11-2016). Colloquium: Transiting exoplanet atmospheres, University of Edinburgh.
    • Desert, J. M. L. B. (invited speaker) (10-2016). Colloquium: Transiting exoplanet atmospheres, Oxford University.
    • Desert, J. M. L. B. (invited speaker) (9-2016). Review on exoplanet atmospheres, Annual Conference of the German Astronomical Society, Bochum, Germany.
    • Desert, J. M. L. B. (invited speaker) (9-2016). Transiting exoplanet atmospheres, Annual Conference of the German Astronomical Society, Bochum, Germany.
    • Desert, J. M. L. B. (speaker) (7-2016). Results from the first ground based survey f exoplanet atmospheres, Exoplanets-I, Davos, Switzerland.
    • Desert, J. M. L. B. (invited speaker) (3-2016). Colloquium: Transiting exoplanet atmospheres, University of Zurich.
    • Desert, J. M. L. B. (invited speaker) (3-2016). Colloquium: Transiting exoplanet atmospheres, Radboud Universiteit.
    • Desert, J. M. L. B. (invited speaker) (15-1-2016). Transiting exoplanet atmospheres, NAC jaarvergadering, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
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