Dr Nuria Miret-Roig
Institut für Astrophysik - University of Vienna, Austria
Observational Astrophysics Merac Prize: For the discovery of about a hundred new free-floating planets, which allowed the study of the origin of these exotic nomad planets. For the first time, she showed that free-floating planets are not only formed by the gravitational collapse of small cores (like low-mass stars) but also in planetary systems and then ejected via dynamical interactions.
Research done at :
PhD in 2020 performed at the Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Bordeaux, University of Bordeaux, France.