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The Australian National University

Associate Professor Céline D'Orgeville

Masters degree in Optics & Photonics (Paris XI University, France), Masters degree in Optical Engineering (Institut d'Optique Graduate School, Orsay, France)
Adaptive Optics Group Manager, and Education and Outreach Lead at the Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre (AITC)
ANU College of Science
T: +61 (0) 2 6125 6374

Areas of expertise

  • Astronomical And Space Instrumentation 020102
  • Lasers And Quantum Electronics 020502
  • Nonlinear Optics And Spectroscopy 020503
  • Mesospheric, Ionospheric And Magnetospheric Physics 020107
  • Photonics, Optoelectronics And Optical Communications 020504
  • Photonics And Electro Optical Engineering (Excl. Communications) 090606
  • Classical And Physical Optics 020501
  • Engineering Instrumentation 099902

Research interests

  • Laser Guide Star Adaptive Optics (LGS AO) on ground-based telescopes used for astronomy, satellite imaging, and laser tracking of space debris
  • Sodium LGS laser research and development
  • Mesospheric sodium layer physics and characterization
  • Project management and systems engineering
  • Science Communication
  • Gender Equity and Diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields

Biography

Céline d’Orgeville joined the ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics in 2012 to lead Laser Guide Star (LGS) activities undertaken at the Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre (AITC) on Mount Stromlo near Canberra. Céline became the Adaptive Optics (AO) Group Manager in 2016. She is also the AITC Education and Outreach Lead, and AITC Student Convenor.

Prior to moving to Australia, Céline worked at the Gemini Observatory where she led the design, fabrication and commissioning of the Gemini North and South LGS facilities in Hawaii (1999-2006) and Chile (2007-2011). The Gemini South AO system, GeMS, uses 5 sodium LGS to probe the atmospheric turbulence above the telescope. It is the only Multi-Conjugate Adaptive Optics facility in the world.

Céline's interest in equity and diversity issues stems from her professional as well as personal experience working in the astronomy community world-wide. She was the inaugural chair of the RSAA Access and Equity Committee created in 2013. Céline and Nobel Laureate Prof. Brian Schmidt (now ANU Vice-Chancellor) co-chaired the 2014 edition of the Women in Astronomy workshop. From 2015 to 2017, she was an active member of the Astronomical Society of Australia Women in Astronomy (WiA) Chapter steering committee, which broadened its remit to become the Inclusion Diversity Equity in Astronomy (IDEA) Chapter in 2016. Nowadays Céline is an ANU Ally, a member of the ANU Gender Institute (GI) management committee, and the GI representative on the College of Science Equity and Diversity committee.

Researcher's projects

Céline's Laser Guide Star-related research projects at the ANU include but are not limited to:

In 2014 Céline conducted a Gender Demographics Survey of the International Adaptive Optics Community, whose results are available here.

Publications

Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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Updated:  15 December 2017 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers