In 2007 I founded an international conference about the breakthrough science and technical innovation of high-contrast imaging. It is called "Spirit of Lyot" after the French astronomer Bernard Lyot, who invented the solar coronagraph. The first Spirit of Lyot conference was held in 2007 at UC Berkeley, and further information can be found below. The second Spirit of Lyot was held in 2010 in Paris, France, with roughly 50% more attendeed than the first conference. The third conference will be held June, 2015, in Montreal, Canada.

  • Please click here for more information on the 2010 Paris conference.
  • Please click here for more information on the 2015 Montreal conference.

For the Berkeley 2007 conference we had 125 attendees from the U.S., Europe, Japan, Mexico and Australia. This was a 5-day conference with 14 invited review talks, 57 contributed talks, 44 posters and 1 panel discussion. The contributions are published electronically and listed in the ADS (and may be formally cited).

Please see the links below for more information on the 2007 conference.