PhD Students


This page lists specific PhDs efforts (ongoing or completed), which have already contributed to the design or definition of Gaia. The list is likely to be incomplete, and the titles may be provisional titles at this stage. If you wish to correct an entry, or to include a PhD student who is not yet listed, please contact the Gaia Helpdesk.


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Student Institute Status

(Provisional) Thesis Title
Anglada, Guillem Barcelona Completed 2007

Gaia, microarcsecond astrometry. Relativistic model implementation and data reduction
Babusiaux, Carine Cambridge Completed 2003

Photometric study of the Milky Way
Bachchan, Rajesh Kumar Lund Observatory Ongoing

Fundamental Physics with Gaia
Belcheva, Maya National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Ongoing

Spatial distribution of stellar populations for galaxies resolved by Gaia
Belokurov, Vasily Oxford Completed 2003

Variability in astrophysical surveys
Brown, Scott Institute of Astronomy (Cambridge) Completed 2010

Calibrating for the effects of radiation damage across the Gaia astrometric field
Busonero, Deborah Siena Completed 2005

The Gaia astrometric measurement model: error budget and calibration issues
Carrasco Martínez, Josep Manel Barcelona Completed 2006

Design and characterization of ESA's Gaia Photometric System (Spanish)
Crosta, Maria Teresa Torino/Padova Completed 2003

Methods of relativistic astrometry for the analysis of astrometric data in the gravitational field of the Solar System
Dischler, Johann Lund Completed 2005

Population synthesis predictions of the eclipsing binaries observable with Gaia
Dollet, Claire OCA, Nice Completed 2004

Sky surveys with an imaging satellite
Eriksson, Urban Lund Partial PhD (licentiate) completed 2007

Limits of ultra-high-precision optical astrometry. Stellar surface structures
Fries, Aidan University of Barcelona / Barcelona Supercomputer Center Completed 2013

The use of Java in large scientific applications in HPC environments
Fustes, Diego University of Coruña (Spain) Ongoing

Unsupervised classification in astronomical surveys: Application to Outlier Analysis in the Gaia mission
Gavras, Panagiotis University of Athens (UoA) and National Observatory of Athens (NOA) Completed 2010

Evolution of very long period double and multiple stars
Guerrier, Antoine Meudon Completed 2008

Calibration of spectroscopic data from the Gaia mission (French)
Holl, Berry Lund Observatory Completed 2012

Characterisation and analysis of the astrometric errors in the global astrometric solution for Gaia
Joergensen, Bjarne R. Lund Completed 2005

Determination of stellar ages and star formation histories - a Bayesian approach
Karampelas, Antonios University of Athens Completed 2012

Statistical analysis and optimization of synthetic galaxy spectra for Gaia
Marinoni, Silvia Bologna University Completed 2011

Quality Control and Data Analysis of multi-site ground-based observations for the absolute flux calibration of Gaia
Marrese, Paola Asiago Completed 2004

Eclipsing binaries in Gaia as tracers of basic stellar parameters
Michalik, Daniel Lund Completed 2015

Tycho-Gaia and beyond: Combining data for precision astrometry
Mignot, Shan Meudon Completed 2008

Towards a demonstrator for autonomous object detection on board Gaia
Mouret, Serge Paris and Nice Completed 2007

Asteroid mass determination with Gaia
O'Mullane, William Barcelona Completed 2012

Large scientific database technologies and their applicability to Gaia
Oszkiewicz, Dagmara University of Helsinki Completed 2012

Asteroid orbital inversion using Markov-Chain Monte-Carlo methods
Pasquato, Ester Universite Libre de Bruxelles Completed 2011

Effect of stellar surface inhomogeneities on astrometric accuracy
Portell i de Mora, Jordi Barcelona, Institut d'Estudis Espacials de Catalunya Completed 2005

Payload Data Handling, Telemetry and Data Compression Systems for Gaia
Prod'homme, Thibaut Leiden Observatory Completed 2011

From electrons to stars. Modelling and mitigation of radiation damage effects on astronomical CCDs
Saguner, Tenay Astronomical Observatory of Padova Completed 2011

Observed stellar spectra as templates for Gaia
Santoro, Luca OCA, Nice; Astronomical Observatory of Padova Completed in 2012

Tests of new physics in the code CESAM: application to Gaia
Sordo, Rosanna Asiago Completed 2005

Real and synthetic spectroscopy: validation from eclipsing binaries and application to Gaia calibration
Tsalmantza, Paraskevi UOA, Athens Completed 2008

Synthetic spectra and classification of unresolved galaxies with Gaia
Willemsen, Philip Bonn Completed 2004

Automated analysis of standard and novel optical data
Wolff, Stefan Copenhagen Completed 2005

Near Earth objects: theory, detection and observation