Professor Celine D'Orgeville

Masters degree in Optics & Photonics (Paris XI University, France), Masters degree in Optical Engineering (Institut d'Optique Graduate School, Orsay, France)
ANU Translational Fellow, Adaptive Optics Group Manager, and Education Programme Lead at the Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre (AITC)
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 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 is the AAO-Stromlo Laser Guide Star Adaptive Optics (LGS AO) Group Manager, and the AITC Education Programme Lead. She is also one of two inaugural recipients of an ANU Translational Fellowship aiming to transfer her semiconductor guidestar laser research into the commercial world. 

Before ANU, Céline worked at the Gemini Observatory where she led the multi-million dollar Gemini laser program, including the design, fabrication and commissioning of the Gemini North and South LGS facilities in Hawaii (1999-2006) and Chile (2007-2011). The Gemini South Multi-Conjugate AO system, GeMS, uses five sodium LGS to probe the atmospheric turbulence above the Gemini South 8-meter telescope. Céline’s GeMS LGS Facility has held the record for most sodium guide stars in a LGS asterism since its commissioning in 2011.

Céline was the inaugural chair of the RSAA Access and Equity Committee created in 2013. With Nobel Laureate Prof. Brian Schmidt (now ANU Vice-Chancellor) she co-chaired the 2014 edition of the Women in Astronomy workshop. She has been a steering committee member of the Astronomical Society of Australia Women in Astronomy (WiA) Chapter, which broadened its remit to become the Inclusion Diversity Equity in Astronomy (IDEA) Chapter in 2016. Céline is also an ANU Ally and a member of the ANU Gender Institute (GI) management 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.


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