METEORs

The Modules Experiment-ThEOry-Research are the core of MAUCA. They are interactive, research-focused teaching modules in which students simultaneously learn theoretical and practical skills. Most METEOR are related to existing or future international research projects, instruments, and/or space missions. All supervisors are research experts in the topics covered by the METEOR.

Each MAUCA student choose 5 METEORs, and a 6th among the METEORs abroad. The METEORs are grouped in six categories, represented here below. Each student must choose METEORs covering at least four categories.


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MAUCA structures allows to build an à la carte Master, adapted to each student. The choice of METEORs puts emphasis on:

  • Research: emphasis is on fundamental research. In this track, the METEORs should cover 4 out of the categories 1 to 5. It ensures a large background in fundamental Astrophysics and related techniques.

  • Space & industry: emphasis on space missions. In this track, the METEORs should cover the categories 4, 5, 6 and at least one of the following METEOR related to space missions: JUICE, MICROSCOPE and Bepi-Colombo. It ensures a large background in Space sciences and skills required by the industry.

Check out the conditions to validate courses, semesters, and years (Méthode de contrôle des connaissances) here.

1. Planetary sciences

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Rosetta and ExoMars

Analyze data from ESA Rosetta/Philae!

U. Meierhenrich - Syllabus

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Impacts in the Solar System

Detect impacts on the Moon!

C.Avdellidou & M. Delbo - Syllabus

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Planet-disk interactions

Simulate planet migrating within accretion disks in the lab!

A. Crida, H. Méheut & E. Lega - Syllabus

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JUICE - JUpiter ICy moons Explorer

Study the interior of Jupiter moons with a space mission!

A. Fienga & C. Saliby - Syllabus

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Distribution of asteroid compositions

Study the interior of Jupiter moons with a space mission!

B. Carry, P. Tanga & G. Libourel - Syllabus & Documents

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Observing the planet-forming region in protoplanetary disks

Explore interferometry with MATISSE and simulate disk observations!

A. Matter & B. Lopez - Syllabus

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Exoplanet characterization

Atmospheres, Internal Structure and Evolution of Exoplanets and their Parent Stars!

T. Guillot, O. Creevey, A. Chiavassa, L. Bigot & R. Ligi - Syllabus

2. Stellar and galactic physics

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Astrophysics of Gaseous and Dusty Nebulae

Understand planetary nebulae and analyze their morphology with VLT images!

P. de Laverny & É. Lagadec - Syllabus

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Formation and Interpretation of Stellar Spectra

The physics and composition of stellar atmosphere from spectroscopy!

M. Faurobert & P. de Laverny - Syllabus

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Shocks in Astrophysical Plasmas

Ready to study the fourth state of matter?

C. Michaut & P. Henri - Syllabus

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Stellar Pulsation and Evolution

Probe stellar interior from their surface pulsation!

M. Chadid - Syllabus

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Planetary Dynamics and Stellar Evolution

Model the fate of planets in the late stage of stellar evolution!

Ph. Bendjoya & G. Niccolini - Syllabus

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Stellar ages to understand Milky Way formation

Learn how to date a star!

G. Kordopatis & M. Schultheis - Syllabus

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The Galactic Center

Study star formation under extreme conditions!

M. Schultheis - Syllabus

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Galactic Archeology

Decipher the Milky Way formation and evolution!

A. Recio-Blanco & P. de Laverny - Syllabus

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CHARA/SPICA: Limb darkening and binaries measurements

Measure the mass of stars with interferometry!

D. Mourard & C. Pannetier - Syllabus

3. Extragalactic, cosmology & relativity

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MICROSCOPE

Test gravitation by metrology and dynamics in the Earth's environment!

G. Métris - Syllabus

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Relativistic Gravitation and Astrophysics

Study the geometry of space and time!

B. Chauvineau - Syllabus

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Bepi-Colombo

Test alternative theories of gravity with Bepi-Colombo!

A. Fienga - Syllabus

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Formation et Evolution of Galaxies

Study the growth of comoslogical structures!

É. Slezak - Syllabus

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Active galactic nuclei and star formation in galaxies

Study black holes feedback on their host galaxy!

N. Nesvadba - Syllabus

4. Signal processing & numerical methods

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Numerical Optimization with Applications

Solve practical problem with optimal algorithms!

A. Ferrari - Syllabus

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High Performance Computing for Fluids and Plasmas

Learn how to achieve super-simulations!

H. Homann - Syllabus

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Large-scale classification of high-dimensional data

Learn how to extract relevant information from big data!

P.-A. Mattei, C. Bouveyron & B. Carry - Syllabus

5. Astronomical optics & instrumentation

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Free Space Laser Links for Space applications

Measure the distance to the Moon with a laser!

J. Chabé - Syllabus

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XARA - eXtreme Angular Resolution Astronomy

Enter the magical world of high-angular resolution!

F. Martinache - Syllabus

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Astronomical Adaptive Optics

Correct the image deformation from the atmosphere!

M. Carbillet & A. Ziad - Syllabus

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Co-phasing Segmented Optics

Study the optics behind giant segmented mirrors!

P. Martinez - Syllabus

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Astro-photonics: Moulding the flow of starlight

Practice with the future of astronomical instrumentation!

N. Cvetojevic & F. Martinache - Syllabus

6. Space & industry

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Build a nanosatellite!

Contribute to Nice Cube, the nanosatellite project of Université Côte d’Azur!

F. Millour, G. Métris & L. Dell'Elce Syllabus

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Spectral classification using Artificial Intelligence

Train neural network for astronomy!

@ ACRI-ST - Syllabus

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Science Mission & Spacecraft Conceptual Design

Design a space mission!

@ Thales Alenia Space - Syllabus

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Holistic approach of (Rock Fragmentation) Digital simulation

Blow rocks in the computer!

@ TBTech - Syllabus