Alain KLOTZ

Teacher and researcher in astronomy & astrophysics. Speciality: Experimental astronomy.

Professor at the Paul Sabatier University (Toulouse). I worked in astrochemsitry from 1992 to 2009. I studied astrochemistry of organometallic molecules in the interstellar matter and initiated the CASSIS project. Since 1998, I work on the early optical follow-up of gamma-ray bursts using the TAROT telescopes. Since 2010, I have extended the early optical follow-up to neutrino, gravitational wave and fast radio burst alerts. I am involved in the SVOM mission. I am also using small robotized telescopes in my backyard at home to perform scientific observations.

Teaching

Having the status of professor of university I must teach at less 192 hours/year:
1996-2008: Licences & Masters mainly in physics and physical chemistry.
2009-today: Institut Universitaire de Technologie, department Mesures Physiques.

Research

Main professional address:
Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie (IRAP)
IRAP Site Belin 14 Avenue Edouard Belin
31400 TOULOUSE
FRANCE

All publications in astrophysics data system
Refered publications in astrophysics data system

Astrochemistry

My PhD (1996) was entitled "Contribution to Astrochemistry of organometallic molecules in the interstellar and circumstellar media. Theoretical and experimental approaches".
I also worked on these subjects:
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Gamma-Ray Bursts

Using the TAROT telescopes we recorded early optical images of more than 200 gamma-ray bursts since 2000. Since 2005 I am involved in the SVOM project which will be a new GRB trigger provider. More informations...

Brown-dwarfs

Photometric analysis of young star clusters to find young brown dwarfs.
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Galactic variable stars

Using the TAROT telescopes we recorded thousands of light curves of variable stars. More informations...

Extra-galactic variable stars

Using the TAROT telescopes we recorded images to detect supernovae and to record light curves of quasars. More informations...

Minor planets

Before 2000, I used my backyard telescope to discover asteroids. Since 2004, using the TAROT telescopes we recorded systematically stars with a potential occulation by an asteroid. We used also many telescopes to participate to light curve follow-up or stellar occultations. More informations...

Solar eclipses

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Techniques in astronomy and astrophysics

I Participated of the AUDE association to create the AUDINE camera and the AudeLA software. I also participate to the creation of a new telescope as the Rapido project with Pierre Thierry. More informations...

Some favorite links

Observations

My private web site : http://alain.klotz.free.fr
Aladin to dispaly field charts http://aladin.u-strasbg.fr/aladin.gml
GRB coordinate network : http://gcn.gsfc.nasa.gov
Minor Planet & Comet Ephemeris Service : https://minorplanetcenter.net//iau/MPEph/MPEph.html
European Asteroidal Occultations : http://www.euraster.net/
CdR/CdL: Courbe de rotation et luminosité : http://obswww.unige.ch/~behrend/page_cou.html
Minor Planet Checker : https://minorplanetcenter.net/cgi-bin/checkmp.cgi
The STScI Digitized Sky Survey : http://stdatu.stsci.edu/cgi-bin/dss_form
Supernovae : http://www.rochesterastronomy.org/snimages/
Many catalogs at IMCCE : IMCCE catalogs to download
SDSS catalog : SDSS DR14
VSX catalog simplified form. Coordinates  Sexagesimal   Decimal   

Bibliography

arXiv.org Search : Astro-ph

Optical photometry

CCD photometry accuracy : http://www.sc.eso.org/~ohainaut/ccd/sn.html
Converting from STMAG to Johnson UBVRI and Cousins RI : http://www.stsci.edu/instruments/wfpc2/Wfpc2_phot/wfpc2_cookbook.html
OGLE Photometry Database : http://ogledb.astrouw.edu.pl/~ogle/

Optical spectroscopy

Christian Buil ,Spectroscopy, CCD and Astronomy : http://astrosurf.com/buil/
Benjamin Mauclaire : http://bmauclaire.free.fr/astronomie/spectro/index.html
Lhires3 - Spectroscopie Haute Résolution : http://astrosurf.com/thizy/lhires3/

Camera links

Atik driver Linux
QHYCCD driver Linux

Telescope links

ETX Weasner tech. informations

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