About Us – Flat Wavefronts

About Us

Flat Wavefronts was founded in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2010 by Marcos van Dam. We prefer to work from our offices, but can travel to your site when necessary.

Marcos has been involved in and passionate about adaptive optics since 1999. His PhD research comprised of theoretical studies in wavefront sensing at the University of Canterbury. This led to a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he characterized and improved the performance of the adaptive optics systems at the WM Keck Observatory. During this time, Marcos was also involved with adaptive optics at the Lick Observatory and the University of Indiana School of Optometry, as well as teaching the University of Hawaii at Hilo’s Observational Astrophysics course. A full time position at Keck Observatory followed, during which the Laser Guide Star facility was commissioned and an upgrade of the wavefront sensors and wavefront controllers was undertaken. In addition, Marcos taught a number of courses at the Center for Adaptive Optics Summer Schools.

After returning to New Zealand in 2007, Marcos was asked to work on many adaptive optics projects, which led to the establishment of Flat Wavefronts. Since then, he has completed numerous studies on the design of the Giant Magellan Telescope, contributed to upgrades of the adaptive optics systems at Keck Observatory and worked on the first multi-conjugate adaptive optics system at Gemini Observatory.

Marcos has published numerous journal articles on adaptive optics, has acted as referee for six different journals, has been on the organizing committee for SPIE and OSA conferences and has reviewed a number of astronomical instruments.

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