Jon Lawrence

Head of Optical Instrumentation, Professor

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Prof Jon Lawrence is Head of Instrumentation at AAO-Macquarie. He leads a large team of scientists, managers, engineers, and technicians working on an array of instrument projects for the world’s premier telescopes. These instrument projects bring together multiple disciplines in mechanical, optical, electronics, and software engineering with photonics and optical physics, to develop and commission leading-edge technologies to capture and analyse light from astronomical sources.


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  • CUBES phase a design overview: the Cassegrain U-Band efficient spectrograph for the very large telescope

    Zanutta, A., Cristiani, S., Atkinson, D., Baldini, V., Balestra, A., Barbuy, B., Macanhan, V. B. P., Calcines, A., Calderone, G., Case, S., Castilho, B. V., Cescutti, G., Cirami, R., Coretti, I., Covino, S., Cupani, G., De Caprio, V., Dekker, H., Di Marcantonio, P., D’Odorico, V., & 34 othersErnandes, H., Evans, C., Feger, T., Feiz, C., Franchini, M., Genoni, M., Gneiding, C. D., Kałuszyński, M., Landoni, M., Lawrence, J., Lunney, D., Miller, C., Molaverdikhani, K., Opitom, C., Pariani, G., Piranomonte, S., Quirrenbach, A., Redaelli, E. M. A., Riva, M., Robertson, D., Rossi, S., Rothmaier, F., Seifert, W., Smiljanic, R., Stürmer, J., Stilz, I., Trost, A., Verducci, O., Waring, C., Watson, S., Wells, M., Xu, W., Zafar, T. & Zorba, S., Feb 2023, In: Experimental Astronomy. 55, 1, p. 241-265 25 p.

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  • GHOST commissioning science results: identifying a new chemically peculiar star in Reticulum II

    Hayes, C. R., Venn, K. A., Waller, F., Jensen, J., McConnachie, A. W., Pazder, J., Sestito, F., Anthony, A., Baker, G., Bassett, J., Bento, J., Berg, T., Burley, G., Brzeski, J., Case, S., Chapin, E., Chin, T., Chisholm, E., Churilov, V., Densmore, A., & 63 othersDiaz, R., Dunn, J., Edgar, M., Farrell, T., Firpo, V., Fitzsimmons, J., Font-Serra, J., Fuentes, J., Ganton, C., Gomez-Jimenez, M., Hardy, T., Henderson, D., Hill, A., Hoff, B., Ireland, M., Kalari, V., Kelly, N., Klauser, U., Kondrat, Y., Labrie, K., Lambert, S., Luvaul, L., Lawrence, J., Lothrop, J., Macdonald, G. S., Mali, S., Margheim, S., McDermid, R., McGregor, H., Miller, B., Miranda, F., Muller, R., Nielsen, J., Norbury, R., Oberdorf, O., Pai, N., Perez, G., Prado, P., Price, I., Quiroz, C., Reshetov, V., Robertson, G., Ruiz-Carmona, R., Salinas, R., Sebo, K. M., Sheinis, A., Shetrone, M., Shortridge, K., Silversides, K., Silva, K., Simpson, C., Smith, G., Szeto, K., Tims, J., Toro, E., Urrutia, C., Venkatesan, S., Waller, L., Wevers, I., Wierzbicki, R., White, M., Young, P. & Zhelem, R., 20 Sept 2023, In: Astrophysical Journal. 955, 1, p. 1-17 17 p., 17.

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  • The SAMI Galaxy Survey: Environmental analysis of the orbital structures of passive galaxies

    Santucci, G., Brough, S., van de Sande, J., McDermid, R., Barsanti, S., Bland-Hawthorn, J., Bryant, J. J., Croom, S. M., Lagos, C., Lawrence, J. S., Owers, M., van de Ven, G., Vaughan, S. P. & Yi, S. K., 1 May 2023, In: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 521, 2, p. 2671–2691 21 p.

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  • Achromatic nulling interferometry and fringe tracking with 3D-photonic tricouplers with GLINT

    Martinod, M-A., Klinner-Teo, T., Tuthill, P., Gross, S., Arcadi, E., Douglass, G., Webb, J., Norris, B., Guyon, O., Lozi, J., Lagadec, T., Jovanovic, N., Cvetojevic, N., Arriola, A., Gretzinger, T., Withford, M. J., Lawrence, J. S. & Leon-Saval, S., 2022, Optical and Infrared Interferometry and Imaging VIII. Mérand, A., Sallum, S. & Sanchez-Bermudez, J. (eds.). Washington USA: SPIE, p. 1-13 13 p. 121830K. (Proceedings of SPIE; vol. 12183).

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  • AESOP, the 4MOST fibre positioner: engineering principles

    Brzeski, J., Adams, D., Baker, G., Baker, S., Brown, R., Case, S., Chin, T., Coyne, J., Farrell, T., Gibson, J., Gillingham, P., Houston, E., Klauser, U., Kripak, Y., Kunwar, N., Lawrence, J., Mali, S., Maslak, W., McGregor, H., Muller, R., & 11 othersNichani, V., Pai, N., O'brien, E., Patterson, R., Saunders, W., Smedley, S., Venkatesan, S., Vuong, M., Waller, L., Zahoor, J. & Zheng, J., 2022, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IX. Evans, C. J., Bryant, J. J. & Motohara, K. (eds.). Washington, DC: SPIE, p. 1-15 15 p. 121846N. (Proceedings of SPIE; vol. 12184).

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