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Department of Physics

Staff profile

Prof David John Robertson

Professorial Fellow in the Department of Physics
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 44822
Room number: Netpark G2

(email at d.j.robertson@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

1976-1978 Royal Observatory Edinburgh, Electronics Engineer

1978-1981 UK Infrared Telescope, Hawaii, Instrumentation Engineer

1981-1986 Royal Observatory Edinburgh, Project Engineer, IR Instrumentation

1986-1991 Royal Observatory Edinburgh, Project Manager, IR Instrumentation

1991-1996 Gemini 8-m Telescopes Project, Tucson, Arizona, Instumentation Programme Manager

1996-2005 Programme Manager AIG/CfAI, Physics Department, Durham University

2005-2008 Deputy Director, CfAI, Physics Department, Durham University

2007-2010 Royal Society Industry Fellowship, Microsharp Ltd and Physics Department, Durham University

2009-2011 Visiting Professor, Fudan University, China

2008-Present Professorial Fellow, CfAI, Physics Department, Durham University

2015 - Royal Society International Fellow, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Key State Laboratory for Precision Machining

Research Groups

  • Centre for Advanced Instrumentation
  • Centre for Advanced Instrumentation

Research Interests

  • Precision Optics Manufacture
  • Freeform Optics
  • Diffractive Optics and Structures

Publications

Conference Paper

  • Lavery, Martin P Robertson, David J , Speirits, Fiona, Barnett, Stephen & Padgett, Miles J. (2015), Optical Metrology with Light's Orbital Angular Momentum, Frontiers in Optics 2015. FTh1C.1.
  • Cowie, Euan, Bourgenot, Cyril, Robertson, David J. & Courtial, Johannes K. (2015), Progress towards building pixelated transformation-optics devices, Frontiers in Optics 2015. San Jose, California, OSA, FM3E.5.
  • Bourgenot C & Robertson DJ (2015), Tool offset optimisation for the machining of free-form optics with a non-zero gradient at the centre, in Kovacicinova, J & Vit, T eds, 9442: Optics and Measurement Conference 2014. Liberec, CZ, Liberec, 944206.
  • Lavery, MPJ, Fraine, A, Robertson, DJ, Sergienko, AV, Courtial, J, Wilner, A, Padgett, MJ & Published: 29 March 2013 (2013), The measurement and generation of orbital angular momentum using an optical geometric transformation, 8610: Free-Space Laser Communication and Atmospheric Propagation XXV. 86100J.
  • Dubbeldam CM, Robertson DJ, Rolt S & Talbot RG (2012), An alternative design for a metal image slicing IFU for EAGLE, in Navarro, R, Cunningham, CR & Prieto, E eds, 8450: Modern Technologies in Space- and Ground-based Telescopes and Instrumentation II. Amsterdam, Netherlands, SPIE, Amsterdam, 84504J.
  • Lavery, M Courtial, J Robertson, DJ, Love, GD, Berkhout, G & Padgett,M (2012), Measuring Light's Twist, Technical Digest Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics 2012. San Jose, CA, USA, OSA, San Jose CA, JTu3K.1.
  • Dubbeldam, CM , Clark, P , Content, R , Kirby, AK , Parkin, K , Robertson, DJ , Rolt, S , Ryder, DA & Sharples, RM (2012), The KMOS Integral Field System: fabrication, alignment and test of 1000+optical surfaces, in Navarro, R, Cunningham, CR & Prieto, E eds, 8450: Modern Technologies in Space- and Ground-based Telescopes and Instrumentation II. Amsterdam, Nertherlands, SPIE, Amsterdam, 84501M.
  • Ramsay Howat Suzanne K., Robertson, David J., Haslehurst, Andrew, Schmoll, Juergen, Parr Burman, Philip, Sharples, Ray M., Dickson, Colin, Hastings, Peter, Lee, David, Luke, Peter, McMahon, Paul, Phillips, Nigel, Wells, Martyn, Cunnigham, Colin, Dipper, Nigel A. & Aspey, Robin (2004), A prototype cryogenic pick-off arm for multi-IFU spectrometers, in Moorwood, Alan F. M. & Masanori, Iye eds, Proceedings of the SPIE, Volume 5492 5492: Ground-based Instrumentation for Astronomy. Glasgow, UK, SPIE, Bellingham, WA, 1371-1382.
  • Tamura, Naoyuki, Murray, Graham J., Luke, Peter, Blackburn, Colin, Robertson, David J., Dipper, Nigel A., Sharples, Ray M. & Allington-Smith, Jeremy R. (2004), Cryogenic tests of volume-phase holographic gratings, in Moorwood, Alan F. M. & Iye, Masanori eds, Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) Conference Series 5492: Ground-based Instrumentation for Astronomy. Glasgow, Scotland, SPIE, Bellingham, WA, 634-642.
  • Murray, Graham J., Luke, Peter, Robertson, David J. & Tamura, Naoyuki (2003), A connectorized fiber downlink for FMOS, in Pruneri, Valerio, Dahlgren, Robert P. & Gregory M. eds, Proceedings of the SPIE, Volume 4943 4943: Fiber-based Component Fabrication, Testing, and Connectorization. Brugge, Belgium, SPIE, 184-194.
  • Lewis, Ian J., Dalton, Gavin B., Holmes, Alan R., Brooks, Barney, Band, Cyril, Tosh, Ian A., Woodhouse, Guy F., Cavan, Nick, Murray, Graham J., Robertson, David J., Dipper, Nigel A. & Luke, Peter (2003), Developments on the UK FMOS project for the Subaru telescope, in Iye, Masanori & Moorwood, Alan F. M. eds, Proceedings of the SPIE, Volume 4841 4841: Instrument Design and Performance for Optical/Infrared Ground-based Telescopes. Waikoloa, Hawai'i, SPIE, Bellingham, WA, 1108-1114.
  • Balcells, Marc, Guzman, R., Patron, J., Aragon-Salamanca, Alfonso, Azcue, J., Ballester Lluch, Jose A., Barroso, M. T., Beigbeder, F., Brau-Nogue, S., Cardiel, N., Carter, Dave, Diaz-Garcia, Jose J., de la Fuente, E., Fuentes, F. Javier, Fragoso-Lopez, Ana B., Gago, Fernando, Gallego, J., Gomez-Elvira, J., Heredero, J. C., Jones, Damien J., Lopez, J. C., Luke, P., Manescau, Antonio, Munoz, T., Peletier, R. F., Pello, R., Picat, Jean P., Robertson, David J., Rodriguez, J. A., Serrano, Angel, Sharples, Ray M. & Zamorano, J. (2000), EMIR: cryogenic NIR multi-object spectrograph for GTC, in Iye, Masanori & Moorwood, Alan F. eds, Proceedings of SPIE 4008: Optical and IR Telescope Instrumentation and Detectors. Munich, Germany, SPIE, Bellingham, WA, 797-805.
  • Maihara, Toshinori, Ohta, Kouji, Tamura, Naoyuki, Ohtani, Hiroshi, Akiyama, Masayuki, Noumaru, Junichi, Kaifu, Norio, Karoji, Hiroshi, Iye, Masanori, Dalton, Gavin B., Parry, Ian R., Robertson, David J., Sharples, Ray M., Ren, Deqing, Allington-Smith, Jeremy R., Taylor, & Keith and Gillingham, Peter R. (2000), Fiber multi-object spectrograph (FMOS) for the Subaru Telescope, Proc. SPIE Vol. 4008, p. 1111-1118, Optical and IR Telescope Instrumentation and Detectors, Masanori Iye; Alan F. Moorwood; Eds 4008: 1111-1118.
  • Dubbeldam, Cornelis M., Content, Robert, Allington-Smith, Jeremy R., Pokrovski, Serge & Robertson, David J. (2000), Integral field unit for the Gemini near-infrared spectrograph, in Iye, Masanori & Moorwood, Alan F. M. eds, Proceedings of the SPIE 4008: Optical and IR Telescope Instrumentation and Detectors. 1181-1192.
  • Murowinski, Richard G., Bond, Tim, Crampton, David, Davidge, Timothy J., Fletcher, J.M., Leckie, Brian, Morbey, Christopher L., Roberts, Scott, Saddlemyer, Leslie, Sebesta, Jerry, Stilburn, James R., Szeto, Kei, Allington-Smith, Jeremy R., Content, Robert, Davies, Roger L., Dodsworth, G.N., Haynes, Roger, Robinson, David J., Robertson, David J., Webster, J., Lee, David, Beard, Steven M., Dickson, Colin G., Kelly, Dennis, Bennet, R., Ellis, Maureen A., Hastings, Peter R.illiams & Phil R. (1998), Gemini multiobject spectrographs, Optical Astronomical Instrumentation, Sandro D'Odorico; Ed. Proc. SPIE 3355: 188-195.
  • Mountain, C.M., Wade, R., Robertson, D.J. & Lee, T.J. (1989), An advanced cooled grating spectrometer for UKIRT-CGS4, in Kaldeich-Schürmann, Brigitte & Glasse, A. C. H. eds, ESA SP, 290 22nd Eslab Symposium on Infrared Spectroscopy in Astronomy. Salamanca, Spain, European Space Agency, Paris, 563-566.

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