Last update on 14 December 2017
François Levrier
Maître de conférences de l'ENS Paris

Directeur adjoint du centre interuniversitaire de préparation à l'agrégation de physique (Montrouge)
Correspondant ENS du Master "Astronomie, Astrophysique et Ingénierie Spatiale"
Laboratoire de radioastronomie
Département de Physique
École Normale Supérieure de Paris
24 rue Lhomond, 75231 Paris CEDEX 05, FRANCE

Office HL102A
Tel : +33 1 44 32 39 93
Fax : +33 1 44 32 39 92
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The project "Molecules, Magnetic fields and Intermittency in Cosmic Turbulence - Following the energy trail" (MIST), led by E. Falgarone and of which I am part, has been selected for an "Advanced Grant" by the European Resarch Council, for the period 2017-2022. It will focus on the physics of the dissipation of magnetized astrophysical turbulence, with an emphasis on the connection with the emergence of molecular species. The 2.5 M€ of the grant will in particular fund three PhD students and three postdoc fellows.
Because when it rains, it pours, the project "Interstellar B-fields crossing inflation B-modes" (BxB), led by F. Boulanger and of which I am also part as a work package coordinator, has been selected for the 2017 call "Projet de recherche collaborative" by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR). It will focus on the cross-fertilization between Galactic and cosmological studies, with an emphasis on the distenganglement between polarized submillimetre emission from Galactic dust and primordial polarization signals in the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB). The 500 k€ of the grant will in particular fund three postdoc fellows for two years each.

[older news]

 Research interests
Interstellar medium structure and dynamics
New techniques in radio-interferometry and astronomical data analysis
Databases and virtual observatory initiatives
[and many more...]
 Teaching activities
"Préparation à l'agrégation" in physics (deputy director)
Radiative transfer course at M2 AAIS
Astrophysics TD at ENS Physics FIP
 Academic education
Graduate from ENS Paris (1996-2000)
"Agrégé" in Physics (2000)
Ph.D. in Astrophysics (2004)
HDR in Astrophysics (2016)
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Post-docs To be announced
PhD Thesis To be announced
M2 Level
 Towards realistic models of polarized CMB foregrounds [Description]

M2 Level
 Bilal Ladjelate [2013] : Models of the physical and chemical structures of interstellar molecular clouds [Poster] [Report]
 Manuel Berthet [2012] : Filament and magnetic field orientation statistics in the diffuse ISM at large and small scales [Poster] [Report] [Defence]
 Rémi Paulin [2011] : Lifetimes of interstellar clouds [Poster] [Report]
M1 Level
 Antoine Maby [2017] : Polarization Measurement analysis [Description] [Slide] [Report]
 Brice Poillot [2011] : Development of extragalactic simulations for the Square Kilometer Array radio-interferometer [Slide] [Report]

Personally, I liked the University. They gave us money and facilities, we didn't have to produce anything. You've never been out of college. You don't know what it's like out there.