Louis–Simon is a senior undergraduate student in physics at the University of Montreal.
For the past two summers, he worked as a research assistant under the supervision of Julie Hlavacek–Larrondo on two distinct projects funded by an NSERC and IVADO undergraduate research scholarships. During his first internship, his goal was to produce the first infrared high–contrast images of the surroundings of the RX J1744.7–2713 X–ray binary system in hope to detect substellar companions, which was achieved quite successfully. This was done using data from the 10m telescope of the W.M. Keck Observatory on the Mauna Kea in Hawai’i. In the summer of 2021, his research project was interested in getting the first large scale kinematic maps of the filamentary nebula surrounding the elliptical galaxy M87 using data obtained by SITELLE from the Canada–
France–Hawai’i telescope. He’s currently writing about this research project in his first 1st author paper. Next summer (2022), he’ll be heading to the University of Oxford through the Mitacs Globalink scholarship program to work on the merging history of galaxies as well as the study of the stellar population by probing the characteristics of planetary
nebulae found in the halo of galaxies.
Outside of academia, Louis–Simon trains at a high level with the University of Montreal’s
Carabins track and field/cross–country running team. In addition, he’s an amateur
astrophotographer in his spare time and photographs galaxies, nebulas, planets and star
clusters. Some of his photos were even selected for the 2021 and 2022 editions of the
calendar from the Center for Research in Astrophysics of Quebec (CRAQ).