Colin Cunningham

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SCUBA, the Submillimetre Common-User Bolometer Array, built by the Royal Observatory Edinburgh for the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope, is the most versatile and powerful of a new generation of submillimetre cameras. It combines a sensitive dualwaveband imaging array with a three-band photometer, and is sky-background limited by the emission from the Mauna(More)
In this paper, we present the infrared coronagraphic test bench of the University of Liege named VODCA (Vortex Optical Demonstrator for Coronagraphic Applications). The goal of the bench is to assess the performances of the Annular Groove Phase Masks (AGPMs) at nearto mid-infrared wavelengths. The AGPM is a subwavelength grating vortex coronagraph of charge(More)
A six month field scale study was carried out to compare windrow turning and biopile techniques for the remediation of soil contaminated with bunker C fuel oil. End-point clean-up targets were defined by human risk assessment and ecotoxicological hazard assessment approaches. Replicate windrows and biopiles were amended with either nutrients and inocula,(More)
Since the dawn of civilization, the human race has pushed technology to the limit to study the heavens in ever-increasing detail. As astronomical instruments have evolved from those built by Tycho Brahe in the sixteenth century, through Galileo and Newton in the seventeenth, to the present day, astronomers have made ever more precise measurements. To do(More)
Astrophotonics offers a solution to some of the problems of building instruments for the next generation of telescopes through the use of photonic devices to miniaturise and simplify instruments. It has already proved its worth in interferometry over the last decade and is now being applied to nightsky background suppression. Astrophotonics offers a(More)
The Key Technology Network (KTN) within the OPTICON programme has been developing a roadmap for the technology needed to meet the challenges of optical and infrared astronomy over the next few years, with particular emphasis on the requirements of Extremely Large Telescopes. The process and methodology so far will be described, along with the most recent(More)
We report on the ultrafast laser inscription (ULI) of volume phase gratings inside gallium lanthanum sulphide (GLS) chalcogenide glass substrates. The effect of laser pulse energy and grating thickness on the dispersive properties of the gratings is investigated, with the aim of improving the performance of the gratings in the mid-infrared. The grating with(More)
The Secondary Mirror System (M2S) and Tertiary Mirror System (M3S) of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) consist of passively mounted mirrors supported in kinematic cell assemblies that are moved during telescope tracking to counteract effects of changing zenith angle and thermal gradients within the telescope structure. TMT is concerned that the requirements(More)
There exist multitudes of cloud performance metrics, including workload performance, application placement, software/hardware optimization, scalability, capacity, reliability, agility and so on. In this paper, we consider jointly optimizing the performance of the software applications in the cloud. The challenges lie in bringing a diversity of raw data into(More)
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