De Cat Peter - Gaia
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Royal Observatory of Belgium, Brussels
Peter De Cat is primarily interested in observational studies of pulsating main-sequence stars (with special attention to multiple systems). He obtained his PhD in 2001 at the Catholic University of Leuven with an observational study of bright southern slowly pulsating B stars. After a post-doc of 2 years at the same institute, he obtained a staff position at the Royal Observatory of Belgium in Brussels, where he additionally started to study the small members of the solar system (astrometry of asteroids).
Peter's involvement in the Gaia mission began in 2002 as a core member of the Variable Stars working group. Since then he has become a member of CU4 (Object processing), CU6 (Spectroscopic processing), and CU7 (Variability processing). He is (or will be) contributing to work packages GWP-M-440-20000 (Astrometric Reduction), GWP-S-660-00000 (Multiple transits analysis), and GWP-S-711-00000 (Variability Characterisation) & GWP-S-712-00000 (Classification), respectively.
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