Hector Canovas

Research Fellow


Main Research Fields

Protoplanetary discs are large structures of dust and gas that naturally form around young stars. They are the birth-sites of planets and therefore their study is key to understand how our Solar System was born. I study protoplanetary discs using a variety of tools including imaging polarimetry at near-infrared wavelengths with the VLTs, sub-millimeter interferometric with ALMA, and radiative transfer models with MCFOST. In the past I have focussed in discs showing (in?)direct evidences of planet-disc interaction, such as dust-depleted inner cavities and/or spiral structures. Currently I aim to combine the measurements provided by Gaia (distances and stellar properties) with the disc properties (e.g., disc masses) to better understand the star+disc system.


  • T Tauri & Herbig Ae/Be stars.
  • Protoplanetary discs.
  • Planet-disc interactions.
  • Imaging Polarimetry
  • Interferometry

Ongoing collaborations

  • Carlos Eiroa, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain.
  • Benjamín Montesinos, Centro de Astrobiologia, Spain.
  • Lucas Cieza, Universidad Diego Portales, Chile.
  • Matthias Schreiber, Universidad de Valparaíso, Chile.
  • Francois Menard, IPAG, Grenoble, France.


ADS link

Project/mission at ESA

I joined ESAC since October 2017 as a Research Fellow, as part of the Gaia science group.


Research Group at ESAC