Thierry Morel

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Thierry Morel, Liège University, Belgium

Role: PLATO Member

Dr. Thierry Morel is a researcher at the astrophysics department of Liège University. He did hisPhD at the University of Montréal (Canada) about the spectroscopic variability of massive stars. It was followed by various research stays abroad during which he worked on different topics, including the spectral analysis of cool stars.

He joined KU Leuven in 2004 as an ESA external postdoctoral fellow to characterise from ground-based observations the B-type targets of the asteroseismic CoRoT satellite. He moved to Liège University in 2007 where he became member of the Gaia Data Processing and Analysis Consortium (GAIA-DPAC) and contributed to the preparation of the Gaia space mission. In parallel, he developed an expertise in the determination of the fundamental parameters and chemical composition of asteroseismic targets from spectroscopic data.

He is leading WP122 (“Non-seismic parameters and model atmospheres”) within the PLATO Science Management (PSM). The main tasks of this working group are to determine the “classical” parameters of the PLATO targets and to compute grids of model atmospheres and limb-darkening coefficients. He is also leading WP351100 (“Interface stellar science”) within the PLATO Data Centre (PDC) and is involved in WP120 Stellar Management Office. He is involved in more than 100 papers in refereed journals, including 19 as PI.