The European Southern Observatory (ESO) is a major astronomy observatory supported by 17 countries, including France. Located in the Southern hemisphere in Chile, ESO is home to the world’s most powerful astronomical telescope. It is on this telescope that MAVIS 1 will be installed, an instrument being developed as an ambitious project led by Pr. François Rigaut. Assembled in Australia, MAVIS will remove the effects of turbulence induced by the atmospher 2, which reduces the accuracy of images of Space taken from Earth.
After a PhD in adaptive optics in Paris, François first worked in Hawaii, then in Chile and Germany, before moving to Canberra. His experiences in multiple countries have enabled him to lead the international team in charge of the development of MAVIS. This scientific cooperation involves the Australian National University (ANU), the University of Macquarie in Sydney, the Astrophysics Laboratory of Marseille in France, and the National Institute of Astrophysics in Italy.
His advice for young researchers wishing to join the Australian Space ecosystem? Don’t be shy! European students are very welcome in Australia, so reach out and embark on the adventure!