• 3262 Citations
  • 27 h-Index
20022020
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Biography

Simon Ellis is a Senior Lecturer at Macquarie University and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney. Simon is Manager of the Instrument Science Group at AAO-Macquarie, where he leads the research and development of new instrument concepts and novel technologies for astronomy.  He has over 18 years experience working in many areas of astronomical research, from X-ray astronomy to optical astronomy, including observations, theory and modelling.  His research interests include clusters of galaxies, galaxy evolution, brown dwarfs, and the astrophysics of antimatter.  Simon has 79 total publications, of which 25 are first author and 42 are refereed, with 1794 total citations total, and 212 normalised citations, and an h-index of 25. Additionally, Simon has over a decade of experience in the development of astronomical instrumentation, and was the project scientist for the KOALA IFU on the AAT.  He has been involved in several on-telescope demonstrations of new photonic technologies including fibre Bragg gratings and integrated spectrographs.  He is actively involved in the development and testing of astrophotonics, including ring resonators, and multicore fibres.  Simon is an expert in the field of OH suppression, and was the instrument scientist for the GNOSIS instrument, the first astronomical instrument to use fibre Bragg gratings and photonic lanterns, and he is currently the instrument scientist for the PRAXIS near infrared spectrograph, the successor to GNOSIS.  

Education/Academic qualification

Astrophysics, PhD, University of Birmingham

1 Oct 199930 Jun 2003

External positions

Instrument Science Manager, Australian Astronomical Observatories

Nov 201730 Jun 2018

Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney

22 Mar 201622 Mar 2019

Instrument Scientist, Australian Astronomical Observatories

1 Oct 20101 Nov 2017

Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney

20102013

Research Fellow, University of Sydney

1 Oct 200830 Sep 2010

Instrument Scientist, Anglo-Australian Observatory

1 Aug 200630 Sep 2008

Research Fellow, Anglo-Australian Observatory

1 Aug 200331 Jul 2006

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Projects 2019 2020

Research Outputs 2002 2018

  • 3262 Citations
  • 27 h-Index
  • 42 Article
  • 31 Conference proceeding contribution
  • 2 Review article
  • 1 Conference paper

Astrophysical signatures of leptonium

Ellis, S. C. & Bland-Hawthorn, J., 25 Jan 2018, In : European Physical Journal D. 72, 1, 9 p., 18.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

astrophysics
signatures
positrons
positronium
point sources

Hoverboards: focal plane positioner for large-sized payloads

Goodwin, M., Chapagain, P., Brown, D., Lawrence, J. & Ellis, S., 2018, Advances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation III. Navarro, R. & Geyl, R. (eds.). Bellingham, Washington: SPIE, p. 1-10 10 p. 107062B. (Proceedings of SPIE; vol. 10706).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding contributionResearchpeer-review

Focal Plane
payloads
Telescopes
Extremely Large Telescopes
telescopes

On the origin of core-to-core variations in multi-core fibre Bragg gratings

Ellis, S. C., Min, S. S., Leon-Saval, S. G. & Bland-Hawthorn, J., 10 Jul 2018, Advances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation III. Navarro, R. & Geyl, R. (eds.). Bellingham, Washington: SPIE, p. 1-12 12 p. 107064U. (Proceedings of SPIE; vol. 10706).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding contributionResearchpeer-review

Fiber Grating
Fiber Bragg gratings
Bragg Grating
Bragg gratings
fibers

PRAXIS: an OH suppression optimised near infrared spectrograph

Ellis, S. C., Bauer, S., Bacigalupo, C., Bland-Hawthorn, J., Bryant, J. J., Case, S., Content, R., Fechner, T., Giannone, D., Haynes, R., Hernandez, E., Horton, A. J., Klauser, U., Lawrence, J. S., Leon-Saval, S. G., Lindley, E., Löhmannsröben, H. G., Min, S. S., Pai, N., Roth, M. & 4 othersShortridge, K., Waller, L., Xavier, P. & Zhelem, R., 6 Jul 2018, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII. Evans, C. J., Simard, L. & Takami, H. (eds.). Bellingham, Washington: SPIE, p. 1-16 16 p. 107020P. (Proceedings of SPIE; vol. 10702).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding contributionResearchpeer-review

Infrared spectrographs
Spectrographs
Spectrograph
Fiber Grating
Fiber Bragg gratings

The jet/wind outflow in Centaurus A: A local laboratory for AGN feedback

McKinley, B., Tingay, S. J., Carretti, E., Ellis, S., Bland-Hawthorn, J., Morganti, R., Line, J., McDonald, M., Veilleux, S., Wahl Olsen, R., Sidonio, M., Ekers, R., Offringa, A. R., Procopio, P., Pindor, B., Wayth, R. B., Hurley-Walker, N., Bernardi, G., Gaensler, B. M., Haverkorn, M. & 3 othersKesteven, M., Poppi, S. & Staveley-Smith, L., 1 Mar 2018, In : Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 474, 3, p. 4056-4072 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

lobes
outflow
radio
galaxies
feedback mechanism