Astronomer elected OSA Fellow

21 November 2011

School of Physics renowned astronomer and astrophotonics pioneer, Professor Joss Bland-Hawthorn, has been elected a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA).

Professor Bland-Hawthorn's election to the OSA is "for his pioneering the field of astrophotonics and original contributions to photonics and instrumentation."

Also an ARC Federation Fellow based in the School's Sydney Institute of Astronomy (SIFA), and an Associate Director of the Institute of Photonics and Optical Science, Professor Bland-Hawthorn said he was delighted to be elected as a Fellow of the OSA.

"It's somewhat unusual for an astronomer to be elected as a Fellow to the Optical Society of America so I am very pleased to be honoured."

Professor Bland-Hawthorn joins a handful of leading astronomers who have been elected to the OSA including Roger Angel, John Mather, Claire Max and Jerry Nelson builder of the Keck telescopes.

He continues to develop novel instrumentation for ground-based telescopes and with his collaborators at Sydney, the Australian Astronomical Observatory and Macquarie University, several new technology instruments have been commissioned at the telescope this year.

Two of these instruments, GNOSIS and SAMI, are now the workhorses of new astronomical surveys that will be led by scientists from the University of Sydney.

As well the Astrophotonics Group was recently awarded a LIEF grant to fund the construction of a third photonic instrument SUNESIS that will see first light at the end of 2012.

Professor Bland-Hawthorn says, "Sydney's Astrophotonics program is thriving with recent breakthroughs by Professor Peter Tuthill at the University of Sydney, and Dr Mike Ireland and Dr Nem Jovanovic from Macquarie University."

"Space photonics is another new development. I am now working on this in collaboration with Professors Iver Cairns, Xiaofeng Wu, Sergio Leon-Saval and a growing team of young scientists. We are developing compact photonic instruments for space launch in 2012 so stay tuned!"

Congratulations to Professor Joss Bland-Hawthorn.

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