METEOR (Modules Experiment ThEOry Research) are interactive, research-based teaching modules where students learn jointly theoretic, numerical and instrumental skills. Most METEOR are related to existing or future international research projects and/or instruments. A non exhaustive list of projects/instruments you can work on in MAUCA can be found here.  All METEOR supervisors are research experts in the topics covered by the METEOR.

Each student chooses at the end of year y the METEORs that he will follow during year y+1.

The METEOR @ Nice are listed below and as a single pdf in the   METEOR Syllabus book.

The first METEOR, common to all students is at C2PU.


METEOR C2PU Syllabus, Documents and ressources


The other METEOR are organized in 6 main categories:

  • 1 Planetology
  • 2 Stellar and Galactic Physics
  • 3 Extragalactics/Cosmology/Relativity
  • 4 Signal-Image Processing/Numerical methods
  • 5 Astronomical Optics and Instrumentation
  • 6 Space-Industry

As a MAUCA student you will have to choose 5 METEOR in the list below (these METEOR are in yellow in the picture here). You will follow 3 of them in Master 1 and 2 in Master 2. Depending on your interest, the choice of your METEOR can be used to put emphasis on  Research or on Space-industry.

For a “Research track, the emphasis is on fondamental research. In this track, your METEOR choice should cover 4 categories in the categories 1 to 5. This kind of combinations warrants a large background in fundamental Astrophysics and related techniques.

For a “Space-Industry track, your METEOR choice should cover : Categories 4, 5, 6 and  at least one of the following METEOR related to space missions : JUICE, MICROSCOPE and  BEPI COLOMBO. This kind of combinations warrants a large background in Space sciences and skills required in Industry.

Examples of METEOR choices.

List of METEOR @ Nice :

  • Planetology


Rosetta and ExoMars Syllabus



Impacts in the solar system Syllabus




Planet-disk interactions Syllabus,  documents




THE JUICE – JUpiter ICy moons Explorer – MISSION Syllabus, documents




Distribution of composition of asteroids in the Solar System Syllabus, Documents


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Observing the planet-forming region in protoplanetary disks Syllabus, Documents



Physics of the solar system minor bodies Syllabus, Documents


  • Stellar and galactic physics



Astrophysics of Gaseous and Dusty Nebulae Syllabus


Formation and Interpretation of Stellar Spectra (FISS) Syllabus, Documents



Stellar Pulsation and Evolution – Polar and Space Missions Syllabus



Planetary Dynamics and Stellar Evolution (PlaDySe) Syllabus



Stellar ages to understand Milky Way formation Syllabus



The galactic center Syllabus



Galactic archeology Syllabus



CHARA/SPICA: Limb darkening and binaries measurements Syllabus

  • Extragalactics, cosmology and relativity


MICROSCOPE – Metrology and Dynamics in Earth’s environment to test gravitation Syllabus


Relativistic gravitation and astrophysics Syllabus
Documents: Contents, Maths, Parts1&2, Parts2&3, Exercices



The BEPI COLOMBO mission Syllabus


Formation and evolution of galaxies Syllabus



Galaxy clusters : from astrophysics to cosmology Syllabus



  • Signal-Image processing & Numerical simulations

Numerical optimization with applications Syllabus



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Exoplanet detection Syllabus, Documents



High Performance Computing for Fluids and Plasmas Syllabus


Machine Learning for Gravitational Wave detection Syllabus


  • Astronomical optics and instrumentation

Free Space Laser Links for Space applications Syllabus




METEOR eXtreme Angular Resolution Astronomy Syllabus


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Astronomical Adaptive Optics Syllabus



Co-phasing Segmented Optics (CSO) Syllabus , Syllabus (expanded)


  • Space – Industry


Spectral classification using Artificial Intelligence @ ACRI ST       Syllabus

[This METEOR also belongs to the Signal Processing category]




Science Mission & Spacecraft conceptual design @ Thales Alenia Space Syllabus




Holistic approach of (Rock Fragmentation) Digital simulation @ TBTech Syllabus



Build a Nanosatellite ! Syllabus



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