Luc completed his bachelor’s degree in Physics and Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science at the University of Ottawa in December 2022. During his undergraduate studies, he did internships in condensed matter physics. It was during his 2021 summer internship at iREx that he discovered research on exoplanets. During this summer, he worked, under the supervision of professor Björn Benneke, on the improvement of SCARLET; a program for the simulation of exoplanetary atmosphere. Thanks to his work, SCARLET now considers a larger number of chemical species in its atmospheric simulation. He returned to iREx again in the summer of 2022. During this internship, he analysed high resolution data of the exoplanet WASP-121 b taken by the CRIRES+ instrument.
Now a master’s student under the supervision of Professor Benneke, Luc continues to analyse high resolution data. He analyses data from the CRIRES+, IGRINS and NIRPS instruments, among others. His research is focused on finding chemical species such as water and carbon monoxide in the atmosphere of exoplanets. He mainly analyses hot Jupiters; planets that are very large and orbit near their stars. In addition, Luc pairs the high-resolution data with data from space telescopes such as Hubble and James Webb to get better detections.