Dr. Véronique Petit

Associate professor

Dept. of Physics and Astronomy & Bartol Research Institute

University of Delaware

Dr. Véronique Petit studied Physics at Université Laval in Québec City, Canada. Dr. Petit is interested in the lives of massive stars, which are tens of times more massive than our Sun, especially in the relatively new and rapidly evolving study of these stars’ intriguing magnetic fields. Dr. Petit uses state of the art observations to challenge, constrain, and guide quantitative theoretical models, within the context of large observing programs such as the Magnetism in Massive Star (MiMeS) and the Binarity and Magnetic Interactions in various classes of Stars (BinaMIcS) projects. Her key areas of expertise include optical, ultraviolet, and X-ray spectroscopy, optical spectropolarimetry, polarized radiative transfer, and Bayesian inference.

If you are interested in a career in astrophysics, the Department of Physics and Astronomy of University of Delaware offers various programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including a B.S. in Physics with concentration in astronomy and astrophysics, and B.A. in Astronomy.