Bendjoya Philippe - Gaia
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Laboratoire Universitaire d'Astrophysique de Nice
Philippe Bendjoya has been involved in asteroid science since completing his PhD in 1993. After some early work on identification of asteroid families, he has mostly concentrated on photometric, spectroscopic and polarimetric observations of these bodies.
Philippe is a member of CU4 and CU8 and is particularly interested in the classification of asteroids according to taxonomic type. The surface mineralogy characteristics of these small bodies will be obtained by spectroscopic observations and these data will be analyzed by clustering methods that he is developing and testing.
Philippe works at L.U.A.N (Laboratoire Universitaire d'Astrophysique de Nice) in U.N.S.A (Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis) where he also teaches physics and astronomy.
Philippe left Gaia in 2018.
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