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Department of Physics

Staff profile

Dr Richard Wilson

Senior Lecturer in the Department of Physics
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43663
Room number: ocw029

(email at r.w.wilson@durham.ac.uk)

Research Interests

I am a member of the Centre for Advanced Instrumentation within the physics department. My research interests are in high resolution imaging for astronomy, including adaptive optics, interferometry and other techniques. I work on site characterisation and numerical simulation for imaging through atmospheric turbulence. I developed the SLODAR technique for remote sensing of atmospheric turbulence, and currently lead projects to implement automated site monitors at the ESO Paranal (Chile) and La Palma observatories.

Research Groups

  • Centre for Advanced Instrumentation
  • Centre for Advanced Instrumentation

Research Interests

  • Adaptive Optics
  • Astronomical site characterisation
  • Interferometric imaging

Selected Publications

Journal Article

Other (Digital/Visual Media)

  • Wilson, R. & Saunter, C. (2003). SLODAR: Profiling Atmospheric Turbulence at the WHT. The Newsletter of the Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (ING Newsl.), issue no. 7, p. 19 7: 19-.
  • Michaille, L., Quartel, J.C., Dainty, J.C., Wooder, N.J. Wilson, R.W. & Gregory, T. (2000). First Sodium Laser Beacon at La Palma. The Newsletter of the Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (ING Newsl.), issue no. 2, p. 15-16 2: 15-16.
  • Packham, C., Wilson, R.W. , Azzaro, M. O'Mahony, N. Fine, S. Gray, D. Reyes, V. & Martín, C. (2000). The Half Arcsecond Programme (I). The Newsletter of the Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (ING Newsl.), issue no. 2, p. 21-23 2: 21-23.
  • Wilson, R., , Baldwin, J., Warner, P. & Buscher, D. (1991). The changing surface of Betelgeuse. GEMINI Newsletter Royal Greenwich Observatory 34: 20-.

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