Dr. François Wildi
Senior systems engineer at Observatoire de Genève
SPIE Involvement:
Conference Program Committee | Author
Area of Expertise:
adaptive optics , system engineering , optical instrumentation , control systems
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Profile Summary

F. Wildi is presently senior systems engineer in the instrumentation group of the Observatory of Geneva.

since 2012 he's in charge of the detectors characterization and the payload calibration for the CHEOPS photometric transits satellite.

2006-2014 he was systems engineer in charge of interfaces and integration of the VLT-SPHERE instrument; an extreme Adaptive Optics exo-planet direct imager. In parallel, he does research work on Fabry-Perot calibrators for radial velocity spectrographs and responsible for the focal plane of a satellite meant to characterize extra-solar planets by the transits method (Phase A). In the last years, he has also been a member of various committees evaluating new instruments for large and extremely large telescopes.

1999-2003 he was the chief engineer of the MMT Adaptive Optics program and had lead the project to the fist light of the world's 1st AO system based on an adaptive secondary mirror.

He started his career as a project engineer designing embedded electronics systems for space born applications, also leading other hardware and software developers involved in his projects.
Publications (75)

Proceedings Article | 9 July 2018
Proc. SPIE. 10702, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII
KEYWORDS: Telescopes, Spectrographs, Infrared radiation, Planets, Lanthanum, Infrared telescopes

Proceedings Article | 6 July 2018
Proc. SPIE. 10702, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII
KEYWORDS: Spectrographs, Sensors, Calibration, Lamps, Spectral calibration

Proceedings Article | 17 November 2017
Proc. SPIE. 10563, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2014
KEYWORDS: Point spread functions, Telescopes, Electronics, Stars, Sensors, Exoplanets, Space telescopes, Charge-coupled devices, Planets, Space operations

Proceedings Article | 25 September 2017
Proc. SPIE. 10562, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2016
KEYWORDS: Optical fibers, Telescopes, Mirrors, Stars, Calibration, Satellites, Collimators, Space telescopes, Integrating spheres, Astronomical imaging

Proceedings Article | 25 September 2017
Proc. SPIE. 10562, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2016
KEYWORDS: Telescopes, Electronics, Stars, Sensors, Interfaces, Exoplanets, Scanning electron microscopy, Space telescopes, Charge-coupled devices, Space operations

Proceedings Article | 25 September 2017
Proc. SPIE. 10562, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2016

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Conference Committee Involvement (2)
Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy V
1 July 2012 | Amsterdam, Netherlands
Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy IV
27 June 2010 | San Diego, California, United States
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