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Professor Chris Haniff

Professor Chris Haniff

Deputy Head of Department for Education

Professorial Fellow of Downing College

Room 917 Rutherford Building
Cavendish Laboratory
JJ Thomson Avenue

Cambridge CB3 0HE
Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 337307

Research groups


Research Interests

My research is in the general area of optics for very high spatial astronomical imaging, especially the application of interferometric (aperture synthesis) methods at optical and near-infrared wavelengths. Particular areas in interest include: image formation and retrieval, atmospheric turbulence, adaptive optics, interferometer design. 

Key Publications

"An introduction to the theory of interferometry". Haniff, C.A. 2007 New Astronomy Reviews, 51, 565-575.

"Ground-based optical interferometry: a practical primer". Haniff, C.A. 2007 New Astronomy Reviews, 51, 583-596.

"Near-focus high-sensitivity wavefront sensing". Bharmal, N.A., Buscher, D.F., Haniff, C.A. 2005 Mon. Not. R. astr. Soc., 360, 1325-1332.

"Multi-wavelength visibility measurements of M giants: observations of R Dor & R Leo with MAPPIT". Jacob, A.P., Bedding,T.R., Robertson, J.G., Barton, R., Haniff, C.A., Marson, R.G. 2004Mon. Not. R. astr. Soc., 349, 303-312.

"The application of interferometry to optical astronomical imaging". Baldwin, J.E., Haniff, C.A., 2001 Phil. Trans. A., 360, 969-986.

"Diffraction losses in ground-based optical interferometers". Horton, A.J., Buscher, D.F., Haniff, C.A. 2001 Mon. Not. R. astr. Soc., 327, 217-226.