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Department of Physics

Staff profile

Dr Matthew Townson

Research Software Engineer in the Department of Physics

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Research Groups

  • Centre for Advanced Instrumentation

Research Interests

  • Astronomical Adaptive Optics
  • Optical Atmospheric Turbulence Profiling
  • Wavefront Sensing


Conference Paper

  • Townson, Matthew J., Love, Gordon D., Kellerer, Aglaè & Saunter, Christopher D. (2016), Correlation wavefront sensing for extended objects, in Marchetti, Enrico Close, Laird M. & Véran, Jean-Pierre eds, Proceedings of SPIE 9909: Adaptive Optics Systems V. Edinburgh, SPIE, 99096Q.

Doctoral Thesis

  • Townson, Matthew J (2016). Correlation Wavefront Sensing and Turbulence Profiling for Solar Adaptive Optics. Durham University. PhD.

Journal Article

  • Basden, A. G., Bardou, L., Bonaccini-Calia, D., Buey, T., Centrone, M., Chemla, F., Gach, J. L., Gendron, E., Gratadour, D., Guidolin, I., Jenkins, D. R., Marchetti, E., Morris, T. J., Myers, R. M., Osborn, J., Reeves, A. P., Reyes, M., Rousset, G., Stangalini, M., Townson, M. J. & Vidal, F. (2017). On-sky demonstration of matched filters for wavefront measurements using ELT-scale elongated laser guide stars. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 466(4): 5003-5010.
  • Townson, MJ, Kellerer, A & Saunter, CD (2015). Improved shift estimates on extended Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor images. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 452(4): 4022-4028.

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