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Gilles Ferrand

Research Scientist

RIKEN

Hello/Bonjour, I am Gilles Ferrand /ʒil feʁɑ̃/, a French and Canadian astrophysicist currently working in Japan.
I have been studying the acceleration of particles by shock waves in supernova remnants, which are believed to be the main production sites of Galactic cosmic-rays (isolated or inside superbubbles). My work is mostly based on numerical simulations, that allow me to understand the complex interplay between the shock and the particles, and to predict the multi-wavelength emission that we observe. To help making comparisons with observations, I made the first complete catalogue of X-ray and gamma-ray observations of Galactic remnants. I am currently working on making the link between the modeling of supernova explosions and the modeling of supernova remnants, with a focus on the 3D morphology.
I have also a keen interest in scientific visualization. I have been exploring techniques for immersive visualization of 3D data cubes, with applications to both simulations and radio data.

Full curriculum vitae as PDF

Interests

  • particle acceleration and the origin of cosmic rays
  • supernova remnants as probes of the supernova engine
  • scientific visualization, including immersive 3D

Education

  • PhD in Astrophysics, 2008

    Université de Toulouse

  • Master in Astrophysics, 2004

    Université Paris 7

  • Master in Engineering, 2003

    École Centrale de Nantes

Research positions

 
 
 
 
 

Research Scientist

RIKEN

Sep 2016 – Present Japan
From the supernova engine to the supernova remnant
Dr. Shigehiro Nagataki
Astrophysical Big Bang Laboratory (ABBL)
Interdisciplinary Theoretical and Mathematical Sciences Program (iTHEMS)
 
 
 
 
 

Research Associate

University of Manitoba

Jan 2016 – Jul 2016 Canada
3D visualization of astronomical data using immersive Virtual Reality displays
Profs. Jayanne English and Pourang Irani
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Department of Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction lab
 
 
 
 
 

Postdoctoral Fellow, CITA National Fellow

University of Manitoba

Sep 2010 – Dec 2015 Canada
Particle acceleration in supernova remnants: numerical simulations and high-energy observations
Prof. Samar Safi-Harb
Department of Physics and Astronomy, SNR group
 
 
 
 
 

engineer-researcher

CEA

Sep 2008 – Aug 2010 France
Morphological and spectral evolution of supernovae remnants under the effect of efficient cosmic-ray acceleration
Dr. Anne Decourchelle
Astrophysics Division

Teaching experience

 
 
 
 
 

Sessional Instructor

University of Manitoba

Aug 2015 – Aug 2015 Canada
Taught general physics to first year students
 
 
 
 
 

Attaché Temporaire d'Enseignement et de Recherche – ATER (lecturer)

Université Toulouse III

Aug 2008 – Sep 2007 France
Taught physics to undergraduate and graduate students
 
 
 
 
 

Moniteur d'initiation à l'enseignement supérieur (teaching assistant)

Université Toulouse III

Aug 2007 – Oct 2004 France
Taught physics and mathematics to undergraduate students

Main projects

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SN2SNR

Using the 3D morphology of the supernova remnant as a probe of the explosion mechanism.

Virtual Reality

Exploring immersive 3D visualization for research and for outreach.
VR/advanced viz group

CIRADA

The Canadian Initiative for Radio Astronomy Data Analysis

Cherenkov Telescope Array

The observatory for ground-based gamma-ray astronomy

AccelRSN

Simulating the effects of efficient particle acceleration in supernova remnants.

SNRcat

An up-to-date catalogue of high-energy observations of all Galactic supernova remnants.
snrcat.physics.umanitoba.ca

Collaborations

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SN2SNR

Using the 3D morphology of the supernova remnant as a probe of the explosion mechanism.

Virtual Reality

Exploring immersive 3D visualization for research and for outreach.
VR/advanced viz group

CIRADA

The Canadian Initiative for Radio Astronomy Data Analysis

Cherenkov Telescope Array

The observatory for ground-based gamma-ray astronomy

AccelRSN

Simulating the effects of efficient particle acceleration in supernova remnants.

SNRcat

An up-to-date catalogue of high-energy observations of all Galactic supernova remnants.
snrcat.physics.umanitoba.ca

Public lectures

"Art & Astronomy: intersections and oppositions"

"Astrophotography: basics of imaging the night sky"

"Supernova Remnants"

Some recent professional presentations

"From the thermonuclear supernova to the supernova remnant"

"From the supernova to the supernova remnant"

"Modelling and simulations of supernova remnants"

"3D simulations of young supernova remnants"

"3D simulations of young supernova remnants with efficient particle acceleration: thermo-nuclear vs. core-collapse"

Publications

Get my list of publications on ADS

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