Annabelle Richard-Laferrière

AnabelleAnnabelle is a Master student in Physics at Université de Montréal (started in September 2017 as an NSERC and FRQNT scholar), supervised by Professor Julie Hlavacek-Larrondo. She did her undergraduate studies at Université de Montréal (2014-2017; with a Marie-Curie, a René-J.A.-Lévesque Excellence, and “Excelle Science” and a Georges-Baril Scholarship) during which she did, during her second year, her final research project with Professor Julie Hlavacek-Larrondo. This project consisted in finding in the scientific litterature already discovered mini-halos, that we think come from the powerful jets of supermassive black holes in central galaxies of galaxy clusters. After, she found a correlation between the characteristics of the different mini-halos to find a hint on what may cause their apparition, as it is not a common object in the Universe. She is currently writing a paper on that subject.

Her research focus for her Masters project is to study the supermassive black hole at the center of PKS0745-BCG (z = 0.1028) using observations from Hubble Space Telescope. The aim is to find its mass using the kinematics of the gas in the sphere of influence of the supermassive black hole, as it should be one of the most massive, if not the most massive, supermassive black holes in the Universe. This project brings her in close collaboration with Professor Jonelle Walsh of Texas A&M University, where she spend two weeks in November 2017 and will be spending 3 months during Fall 2018 (funded by Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements Program of NSERC and International Internship program of FRQNT).

She also enjoys to do some outreach, volunteering at “Les filles et les sciences, un duo électrisant” since 2015 to encourage high-school girls to pursue careers in field that are predominantly male and at “Astronomy in Tap” of Montreal. She is also an active member of the Departmental Diversity Physics committee which organize activities and conferences to promote diversity (and acceptance) in the physics department.

Contact:

annabelle@astro.umontreal.ca
Pavillon Roger-Gaudry, B-436
514-343-6111 ext. 3219