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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)
Instrument Scientist (Laser Physics) & Adaptive Optics Group Manager
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


Céline d’Orgeville joined the ANU RSAA Adaptive Optics (AO) group in 2012 to lead Laser Guide Star (LGS) activities undertaken at the Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre (AITC) on Mount Stromlo near Canberra. On-going LGS AO projects at the AITC are included below. Celine was appointed AO Group Manager in July 2016. She is also the 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 LGS facility in Hawaii (1999-2006), and the Gemini South LGS facility in Chile (2007-2011). The Gemini South AO system, GeMS, is the only Multi-Conjugate Adaptive Optics facility in the world. The GeMS LGS facility is also unique in creating not just one but five sodium LGS to probe the atmosphere and enable GeMS to restore the diffraction-limit of the Gemini South 8-metre telescope over a 2 arcminute field of view.

Céline's interest in equity and diversity issues stems from her professional as well as personal experience working in the astronomy community world-wide. Céline was appointed the ANU CPMS representative on the University Access and Equity Committee in 2012, and inaugural chair of the RSAA Access and Equity Committee in 2013. Céline and Nobel Laureate Prof. Brian Schmidt co-chaired the 2014 edition of the Women in Astronomy workshop. Nowadays Céline is a member of the ANU Gender Institute management committee, and of the Astronomical Society of Australia Women in Astronomy chapter steering committee.

Researcher's projects

Céline's Laser Guide Star-related research projects at the ANU include:

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


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:  20 October 2017 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers