Tony Travouillon

TMT project

+1 626 395 5863

Californian Institute of Technology


1200 E. California Blvd M/S 102-8


Pasadena 91125 CA USA


Date of Birth: April 10, 1977
Place of Birth: Angouleme, France
Nationalities: Australian, French
Fluent Languages: English, French and Spanish

Research Interests:

Atmospheric turbulence and its repercussion for astronomy, image degradation, adaptive optics and interferometry. My research is mainly experimental covering a broad knowledge of site testing, remote sensing and automatization for telescopes of all wavelengths. I am also particularly interested in the development and management of very large astronomical projects.

My career goal is to work in a hybrid environment of academia and project research, involving myself in teaching and project development.

Formal Education

University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Department of Physics
Ph.D. Candidate, Astrophysics, March 2001 (expected graduation date: March 2004)
Dissertation Topic: ``Low atmosphere turbulence on the Antarctic plateau''
Advisors: Michael G. Burton and John W.V. Storey

University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
B.Sc, Physics and Astronomy with honours, November, 1999

Other courses

Eastern Suburbs Evening School, Sydney, Australia
Advanced level Photoshop, April, 2000
Advanced level Illustrator, May, 2000

Honors and Awards

School of Physics PhD Scholarship, UNSW/ARC, 2001-2004

Ministère des affaires étrangères Grant, French Embassy 2002

UNSW, School of physics, poster contest, 2nd place, 2003

Australian Institute of Physics prize for postgraduate oral presentation, state competition, 2003


System Scientist July 2005 - present
TMT observatory, Pasadena, USA

Visiting Associate  July 2005 – present
Astronomy Dept. – California Institute of Technology, USA

Post doctoral Fellow July 2004 - July 2005
TMT project - Californian Institute of Technology, USA

1st year laboratories demonstrator. March, 1999 - 2004
University of New South Wales, Sydney , Australia.

General study courses "Astronomy" and "Are we Alone?" tutor. March, 2000 - 2004
University of New South Wales, Sydney , Australia.


1. Travouillon. T., Optical turbulence on the Antarctic plateau, PhD Thesis, 2004, UNSW

2 . Travouillon, T., Antarctic site testing: measurements of low altitude turbulence at the South Pole', 1999. Session 1 Honours Thesis, UNSW

3 . Travouillon, T., Bracket gamma study of the galactic centre, 1999. Session 2 Honours Thesis, UNSW

5 most recent refereed publications

1. Otarola, A., Travouillon, T. et al.,
“Thirty Meter Telescope Site Testing X : Precipitable Water Vapor”, PASP, Vol. 122-890, pp. 470-484, 2010

2. Zhou, X., Travouillon T., et al.,  “The first release of the CSTAR Point source catalog from Dome A, Antarctica “, PASP, Vol. 122-899, pp. 347-353, 2010

3.  Skidmore, W., Travouillon T., et al., “Thirty Meter Telescope Site Testing V: Seeing and Isoplanatic Angle”, PASP, Vol. 121-884, pp. 1151-1166, 2009

4. Els, S., Travouillon, T., et al., “Four Years of Optical Turbulence Monitoring at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory”, PASP, Vol. 121-882, pp.922-934, 2009

5.  Travouillon, T., et al., “ Thirty Meter Telescope Site Testing VII: Turbulence Coherence Time”, PASP, Vol. 121-881, pp. 787-796, 2009

5 most recent non-refereed publications

1.  Travouillon, T., et al
., “Studying the vertical extent of the ground layer turbulence using sonic-anemometers”, EAS publications series, Vol. 40, pp.115-118, 2010

2. Ashley, M.C.B., Travouillon, T., et al., “PLATO : a robotic observatory for the Antarctic plateau”, EAS publications Series, Vol. 40, 2010, pp. 79-84, 2010

3. Travouillon, T., et al., “Turbulence and wind speed profiles for simulating the TMT AO performance”,  1st AO4ELT conference - Adaptative Optics for Extremely Large Telescopes, held 22-26 June, 2009 in Paris, France. Edited by Y. Clénet, J.-M. Conan, Th. Fusco, and G. Rousset. EDP Sciences, 2010, id.03001, 2010

4. Riddle, R.L., Travouillon, T., et al., “Thirty Meter Telescope Site Testing: Light Pollution Analysis”, AAS meeting 213, 611.04, 2009

  1. 5.Travouillon, T., et al., “ Correlating Sodar Turbulence Measurements with Ground Heat Heat Flux Data”, Optical Turbulance: Astronomy Meets Meteorology, Proceedings of the Astronomy Meets Meteorology, Proceedings of the Optical Turbulence Characterization for Astronomical Applications Sardinia, Italy, 15 - 18 September 2008, edited by Elena Masciadri (Instituto Nazionale di Astrofisica, Italy) & Marc Sarazin (European Southern Observatory, Germany), pp. 248-255, 2010


John Storey
School of Physics 
Sydney, 2052, NSW, Australia
Voice: +61 2 9385-4566
Fax: +61 2 9385-6060

Marc Sarazin 
Karl-Schwarzschild-Str. 2 D-85748
Garching (Germany)
Telephone: +49 89 32006-343
Fax: +49 89 32006-514 

Gary Sanders
TMT project manager 
1200 E. California Blvd MC 102-08
Pasadena 91125, CA 

George Djorgovski
Astonomy and Astrophysics 
1200 E. California Blvd MC
Pasadena 91125, CA