QUO Fast Radio Bursts

A Planet is Born ft. Arnaud Michel

December 20, 2021 Queen's Observatory Season 3 Episode 5
QUO Fast Radio Bursts
A Planet is Born ft. Arnaud Michel
Show Notes


  • We have Arnaud Michel, a master’s student in Astrophysics at Queen’s
  • He focuses on formation of planets in our galaxy
  • Hails from Fribourg, Switzerland.
  • Completed his bachelor degree in Physics at Quest University in Sqamish, BC.
  • Has worked as a research assistant at UVic and University of Bern in Switzerland.
  • Leading cutting edge research using telescopes like ALMA and JCMT.


  • To study how proptoplanetary disks evolve around young stars.
  • Focuses on the evolution and the movement of dust in these disks that later collect together to form planet (such as the Earth).
  • Not all material in Protoplanetary disks ends up in planets, some remains in large boulders that later collide to make a new disk of dust called debris disks.
  • Arnaud also studies the connection between Protoplanetary and debris disk around stars.
  • To study planet formation, Arnaud uses the ALMA telescope which is an interferometer observing in millimetre wavelength (same things as the microwaves in your kitchen!)

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Special thanks to Colin Vendromin for the music, also thanks to Zac Kenny for the logo!