European Space Agency
Samy started his young graduate traineeship at ESA on 1 October 2013 under the supervision of Jos de Bruijne. He works on Gaia's object detection and confirmation performance in view of the proposal to extend the faint end of the Gaia survey from G=20 to G=21 mag, thus increasing the number of objects which could be observed by Gaia's instruments. There are single and binary stars amongst the objects in question but also spurious ones such as cosmic rays, solar protons and sky-background-induced false detections. The aim of the project is to optimize the detection and the confirmation parameters inside Gaia's on-board detection software to reject, as much as possible, the spurious objects and keep the ones of interest.
In his spare time Samy enjoys listening to old records, playing video games, meeting friends and reading books, manga or bande dessinée.
Samy left Gaia in 2015.
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