Professor Celine D'Orgeville

Masters degrees in Optics & Photonics, and in Optical Engineering
ANU AITC Deputy Director & ANU Translational Fellow
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
  • Innovation And Technology Management 150307
  • Organisational Planning And Management 150312

Research interests

  • Laser Guide Star Adaptive Optics (LGS AO) for astronomy, satellite imaging, laser tracking of space objects, and ground-to-space laser communications
  • Sodium guidestar laser research and development
  • Mesospheric sodium layer physics and characterization
  • Program and project management
  • Systems engineering
  • Science communication
  • Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) fields


Professor Céline d’Orgeville is the ANU Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre (AITC) Deputy Director. Céline joined the ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics in 2012 to lead Laser Guide Star (LGS) activities undertaken at the on Mount Stromlo near Canberra. An ANU Translational Fellow since 2018, she aims to transfer her guidestar laser and adaptive optics research into the commercial world of space situational awareness and ground-to-space laser communications.

Before ANU, Céline worked at the Gemini Observatory where she initiated and 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.

Prof. d’Orgeville is a Fellow of the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) and a Fellow of the Astronomical Society of Australia. She 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. She has received the 2020 ANU College of Science Award for Service in the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) category, and is the 2021 winner of the SPIE Diversity Outreach Award. Céline is a proud alumna of the 2019 WATTLE (Women ATTaining LEadership) program.


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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