After his studies in fundamental physics at the University of Paris-XI (Orsay, France), Frédéric Courbin carried out his PhD work between the Astrophysics Institute of the University of Liège (Belgium), Paris Observatory (France), and the European Southern Observatory (Germany). In 1999, he left Europe for three years, taking advantage of the clear skies of Chile to carry out his research using the brand new Very Large Telescope, constructed by Europe in the Atacama desert. In 2004, after two years of a Marie Curie fellowship at the University of Liège, he joint the Laboratory of Astrophysics, where he is now Professor. His main fields of activity are in observational cosmology and extragalactic astrophysics as well as in image and signal processing.
In 2018, he was awarded an ERC Advanced Grant in connection with his work in cosmology with gravitational lenses.
At EPFL, he is a member of the committee for the Physics Doctoral School since 2013 and has been the tutor of more than 30 PhD students. He is a member of the EPFL Council for the Faculty of Basic Sciences since 2018.
All publications in NASA/ADS
Fields of expertise
- Quasars and black holes
- Gravitational lensing
- ESA Euclid mission
- Image and spectra deconvolution
|Bonvin, V.; Courbin, F.; Suyu, S. H. et al.
2017, MNRAS, 465, 4914
|H0LiCOW - V. New COSMOGRAIL time delays of HE 0435-1223: Ho to 3.8 per cent precision from strong lensing in a flat ÎCDM model|
|Joseph, R.; Courbin, F.; Starck, J.-L.
2016, A&A, 589, A2
|Multi-band morpho-Spectral Component Analysis Deblending Tool (MuSCADeT): Deblending colourful objects|
|Suyu, S. H., Treu, T., Hilbert, S., Sonnenfeld, A., Auger, M. W., Blandford, R. D., Collett, T., Courbin, F., Fassnacht, C. D., Koopmans, L. V. E., Marshall, P. J., Meylan, G., Spiniello, C., Tewes, M.
2014, ApJ, 788, L35
|Cosmology from Gravitational Lens Time Delays and Planck Data|
|Joseph, R., Courbin, F., Metcalf, R. B., Giocoli, C., Hartley, P., Jackson, N., Bellagamba, F., Kneib, J.-P., Koopmans, L., Lemson, G., Meneghetti, M., Meylan, G., Petkova, M., Pires, S.
2014, A&A, 566, A63
|A PCA-based automated finder for galaxy-scale strong lenses|
|Tewes, M., Courbin, F., Meylan, G., Kochanek, C. S., Eulaers, E., Cantale, N., Mosquera, A. M., Magain, P., Van Winckel, H., Sluse, D., Cataldi, G., Vörös, D., Dye, S.
2013, A&A, 556, A22
|COSMOGRAIL: the COSmological MOnitoring of GRAvItational Lenses. XIII. Time delays and 9-yr optical monitoring of the lensed quasar RX J1131-1231|
|Tewes, M., Cantale, N., Courbin, F., Kitching, T., Meylan, G.
2012, A&A, 544, A8
|A fast empirical method for galaxy shape measurements in weak lensing surveys|
|Eigenbrod, A., Courbin, F., Sluse, D., Meylan, G., Agol, E.
2008, A&A 480, 647
|Microlensing variability in the gravitationally lensed quasar QSO 2237+0305 ? the Einstein Cross . I. Spectrophotometric monitoring with the VLT|
|Eigenbrod, A., Courbin, F., Meylan, G., Agol, E., Anguita, T., Schmidt, R. W., Wambsganss, J.
2008, A&A, 490, 933
|Microlensing variability in the gravitationally lensed quasar QSO 2237+0305 ? the Einstein Cross. II. Energy profile of the accretion disk|
|Courbin, F., Magain, P., Kirkove, M., Sohy, S.
2000, ApJ 529, 1136
|A Method for Spatial Deconvolution of Spectra|
|Magain, P., Courbin, F., Sohy, S.
1998, ApJ 494, 472
|Deconvolution with Correct Sampling|
Teaching & PhD
- Doctoral Program in Physics
This course describes in a simple way the astrophysical concepts behind our perception of the Universe. By covering a broad range of topics, the goal of the course is also to help students develop a broad picture of the Universe we live in.
Two of the most important problems in modern astrophyiscs and cosmology are (i) galaxy formation and their evolution with time and (ii) the study of the distribution and the nature of dark matter and dark energy in the Universe.