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Mirel Birlan

IMCCE-Observatoire de Paris, Paris, France

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Born: 1963

Interests: planetology, astronomy, cluster analysis

* The main part of my scientific activity concerns the dynamics and the
physics of the small bodies of the Solar System. The major part of the
physical studies (observations, data reduction, analysis, taxonomical
studies) for the asteroids were developed in the framework of the
groundbased program of preparations for the ESA Cornerstone mission
* During January 2000, I was under ESA contract as consultant on problems
of minor bodies.
* Another part of my activity consists in the participation (from 1994 to
1998) at the former astrometric programme CONFOR (astrometry of
intermediate stars in the neighbourhod of the radio sources). The main
goal of the program was the establishment of the link between the
optical reference system and the radio ones.
* I have acquired skills on both astrometric (photographic, CCD) and
photometric (photoelectric, CCD) observations, as well as experience on
data reduction using appropriate software packages (Midas, IDL, Astrol).
Most of the observations I have made were done in Bucharest Observatory,
but also abroad (ESO/La Silla-Chile, Observatoire de Haute-Provence,
Pic du Midi Observatory).
* On January 2002 was performed for the first time a remote observation between Europe and Hawaii (IRTF-a 3 meter aperture telescope). The experiment was conceived by Richard Binzel (MIT), Mirel Birlan (Observatoire de Paris), and Bobby Bus (Hawaii Institute of Astronomy).

ResearcherID: B-5283-2011

Selected publications:
• Birlan, M. & Nedelcu, A. . The Physics of Asteroids and Their Junction with Dynamics. In J. Souchay, R. Dvorak (eds.), Dynamics of Small Solar System Bodies and Exoplanets, pp. 229-250. Springer, 2010.
• Marcq, Emmanuel; Bézard, Bruno; Encrenaz, Thérè se; Birlan, Mirel. Latitudinal variations of CO and OCS in the lower atmosphere of Venus from near-infrared nightside spectro-imaging. Icarus, 179, pp. 375-386, 2005.
• Vernazza, P.; Mothé-Diniz, T.; Barucci, M. A.; Birlan, M.; Carvano, J. M.; Strazzulla, G.; Fulchignoni, M.; Migliorini, A. . Analysis of near-IR spectra of 1 Ceres and 4 Vesta, targets of the Dawn mission. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 436, pp. 1113-1121, 2005.
• Barucci, M. A.; Fulchignoni, M.; Fornasier, S.; Dotto, E.; Vernazza, P.; Birlan, M.; Binzel, R. P.; Carvano, J.; Merlin, F.; Barbieri, C.; Belskaya, I. Asteroid target selection for the new Rosetta mission baseline. 21 Lutetia and 2867 Steins. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 430, pp. 313-317, 2005.
• Barucci M. A., I. Belskaya, M. Fulchignoni, Birlan M. . Taxonomy of Centaurs and Trans-Neptunian Objects. Astronomical J. , 130, pp. 1291-1298, 2005.
• Birlan, M., M. A. Barucci, W. Thuillot. Solar system observations by remote observing technique : useful experience for robotic telescope strategies. . Astronomische Nachricthen, No. 6-8, pp. 571-573, 2004.
• Birlan M., Barucci M. A., Vernazza, P., Fulchignoni M., Binzel R. P., Bus S. J., Fornasier S. . Near-Ir Spectroscopy of asteroids21 Lutetia, 89 Julia, 140 Siwa, 2181 Fogelin, and 5480 (1989YK8), potential targets of the Rosetta mission; remote observations campaign on IRT. New Astronomy, Vol. 9 (5), pp. 343-351, 2004.
• Fornasier, S.; Barucci, M. A.; Binzel, R. P.; Birlan, M.; Fulchignoni, M.; Barbieri, C.; Bus, S. J.; Harris, A. W.; Rivkin, A. S.; Lazzarin, M.; Dotto, E.; Michaowski, T.; Doressoundiram, A.; Bertini, I.; Peixinho, N. . A portrait of 4979 Otawara, target of the Rosetta space mission. Astronomy & Astrophysics, v.398, pp. p.327-333, 2003.
• Bus, Schelte J.; Denault, Anthony J.; Rayner, John T.; Binzel, Richard P.; Birlan, Mirel. Remote observing at the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF). In Kibrick, Robert (eds.), Advanced Global Communications Technologies for Astronomy II, 4845, pp. pp. 94-99. c) 2002: SPIE--The International Society for Optical Engineering, 2002.
• Mirel Birlan. Dynamic and Physical Considerations on the Asteroids Density. Earth, Moon, and Planets, 88, pp. 1-10, 2002.
• Barucci M. A., Fulchignoni, M., Birlan M., Doressoundiram A., Romon J., Boehnhardt H. Analysis of Trans-Neptunian and Centaur colours: continuous trend or grouping?. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 371, pp. 1150-1154, 2001.
• Lazzarin, M.; Fornasier, S.; Barucci, M. A.; Birlan, M. . Groundbased investigation of asteroid 9969 Braille, target of the spacecraft mission Deep Space 1. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 375, pp. 281-284, 2001.
• Barucci, M. A.; Fulchignoni, M.; Birlan, M.; Doressoundiram, A.; Romon, J.; Boehnhardt, H. . Analysis of Trans-Neptunian and Centaur colours: continuous trend or grouping?. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 2001, v.371, pp. , p.1150-1, 2001.
• Mirel Birlan. Emission in Absorption Lines: Results of the SL9 L Nucleus Impact with Jupiter. Romanian Astronomical Journal, 10, N. 2, 2000.
• Marcello FULCHIGNONI, Mirel BIRLAN, Maria Antonietta BARUCCI. The extension of the G-mode asteroid taxonomy. ICARUS, 146, pp. 204-212, 2000.

Publications from the ISI database, indexed between 2002-2011, produced in Romania:
• Birlan, M, Dynamic and physical considerations on the asteroids density. EARTH MOON AND PLANETS, 88 (1), pp. 1-10, 2000.
• Birlan, M; Barucci, A; Thuillot, W, Solar system observations by remote observing technique: useful experience for robotic telescope strategies. ASTRONOMISCHE NACHRICHTEN, 325 (6-8), pp. 571-573, 2004.
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