Céline d'Orgeville

Australian National University (ANU)
Laser Guide Star Adaptive Optics Group Lead
ANU Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre
Management Committee
ANU Gender Institute

Canberra, ACT

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Céline d’Orgeville joined the Australian National University (ANU) in 2012 to lead Laser Guide Star (LGS) activities undertaken at the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics headquartered at Mount Stromlo Observatory near Canberra. Céline is the Laser Guide Star Adaptive Optics (LGS AO) Group Lead at the ANU Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre (AITC). She is also one of two inaugural recipients of an ANU Translational Fellowship aiming to transfer her 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 Laser Guide Star (LGS) facilities in Hawaii (1999-2006) and Chile (2007-2011). The Gemini South Multi-Conjugate Adaptive Optics 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 ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (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 an ANU Ally and a member of the ANU Gender Institute (GI) management committee. She is also an alumna of the WATTLE Women ATTaining Leadership program.

Céline identifies as culturally and linguistically diverse.