Thomas Cornet

Planetary Scientist


Main Research Fields

My main research field deals with the physico-chemical characterization of planetary surfaces and their evolution. 

I am particularly interested in the surface processes affecting the icy moons of Saturn and Jupiter, especially Saturn's major moon Titan, and more recently Mercury. My research encompasses several fields such as comparative planetology, thermodynamics of solid-liquid equilibrium modeling, landscape evolution modeling, infrared spectroscopy and photometry analyses, radiative transfer modeling, radar SAR modeling, ...


  • Comparative planetology
  • Planetary surfaces
  • Landscape Evolution Modeling
  • Radiative transfer, spectroscopy, photometry
  • Thermodynamics
  • Image processing and mapping (IR, VIS, radar SAR)
  • Titan, Saturn and Jupiter icy moons, Mercury

Ongoing collaborations

Titan: B. Seignovert (JPL/Caltech, USA), S. Rodriguez (IPGP, Univ. Paris-Diderot, FR), S. Le Mouélic, O. Bourgeois (LPG Nantes, Univ. Nantes, FR), D. Cordier (GSMA, Univ. Reims, FR), C. Fleurant (LETG, Univ. Angers, FR), M. Malaska (JPL/Caltech, USA)...

Icy moons: I. Belgacem, N. Altobelli, C. Vallat (ESA/ESAC, SP), F. Schmidt, G. Cruz-Mermy (GEOPS, FR, NPI project).

Mercury: S. Besse, C. Muñoz (ESA/ESAC, SP), O. Barraud, A. Doressoundiram (LESIA).


Links to publications: 

Project/mission at ESA

Project: BepiColombo

Role: Data Analysis & Operations Scientist

Scientifically involved with Cassini, JWST, JUICE for icy moons studies.

Scientifically involved with MESSENGER and BepiColombo for Mercury studies.