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I am a Senior Research Associate in the Instrumentation Group at the Institute of Astronomy, part of the University of Cambridge

I am involved in the following Projects:

    DAZLE - Dark Age z Lyman-alpha Explorer. A near-infrared narrow-band imager for studying Ly-alpha at very high redshifts

    Project 1640 - an Integral Field Spectrograph to find exoplanets

    CIRPASS - the Cambridge IR Panoramic Survey Spectrograph

    WFMOS - the Wide-field Fibre-fed Multi-Object Spectrograph. I was a member of an international consortium taking part in a design study to put a set of robotic fibre-feeds and spectrographs on the Subaru 8.2m Telescope located on Mauna Kea, Hawaii.

    Lucky Imaging - high speed imaging to beat atmospheric turbulence.

DAZLE has completed several runs at the European Southern Observatory Very Large Telescope during 2006 - 2008. (VLT). For more information and photos, see DAZLE at the VLT.

CIRPASS has been used extensively at Gemini South, the Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAT) and the William Herschel Telescope (WHT).

Project 1640 is a new collaborative project between the IoA and the Astrophysics Group at the American Museum of Natural History . Project 1640 has been used from 2008 on the 5m Palomar Telescope.

Lucky Imaging We built a new four-shooter optical system to image a strip of sky at a range of scales from f/11 to f/44 to go on the Nordic Optical Telescope on La Palma. We used this system with success in July 2009. I am currently working on the optical design of a similar instrument, incorporating its own wavefront curvature sensing adaptive optics system, targetting the VLT.

My professional interests are:
  • Astronomical Instrumentation, particularly near infra-red
  • Optical Design
  • The Interstellar Medium
  • Damped Lyman-alpha galaxies
  • Extra-solar planets

Updated on 19 March 2010.
Comments and requests to king@ast.cam.ac.uk