Samuel Nathan Richards
Instrument Scientist at NASA Ames Research Ctr
SPIE Involvement:
Area of Expertise:
Telescope Instrumentation , Fibre Optics , Antarctic Astronomy
Profile Summary

2012 - 2013: AAO Extended Studentship to contine work on SAMI as a Pre-Doc
2008 - 2012: BSc (Hons) Astrophysics with Research Year (First Class Honours at the University of Hertfordshire, UK)
2010 - 2011: Research Year at the University of Sydney and Australian Astronomical Observatory working on the new multiplex integral field spectral for the AAT "SAMI"
Authored Papers:
1. Richards, et al., 2012, BASIS: Bayfordbury Single-object Integral Field Spectrograph, SPIE Astronomical Telescopes & Instrumentation Conference Proceedings 8446.82 (
2. Fogarty, et al., 2012, Data analysis and first science with the Sydney-AAO multi-object IFS (SAMI), SPIE Astronomical Telescopes & Instrumentation Conference Proceedings 8446.211
3. Bryant, et al., 2012, SAMI: a new multi-object IFS for the Anglo-Australian Telescope, SPIE Astronomical Telescopes & Instrumentation Conference Proceedings 8446.31
4. Croom, et al., 2012, The Sydney-AAO Multi-object Integral field spectrograph (SAMI), Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 421 (1) p872 (Paper:, Article:
5. Fischer, et al., 2011, A Photonic Integrated Dual-Arm Spectrograph, White Paper for KECK 2011 Instrument Upgrade Review, 2nd Round only

Assisted Papers:
1. Saward, et al., 2012, Keeping Staff and Students Together - Challenges in Extending the Virtual Learning Environment into Social Networks, International Blended Learning conference 2012
2. Thompson, et al., 2010, A search for debris disks in the Herschel-ATLAS, Astronomy & Astrophysics 518 id.L134 (

Conference Posters:
1. Richards, et al., 2012, Integral field spectroscopy on small aperture telescopes, UK & Germany National Astronomy Meeting 2012 (
2. Richards, et al., 2012, BASIS: Bayfordbury Single-object Integral Field Spectrograph, SPIE Astronomical Telescopes & Instrumentation Conference Proceedings 8446.82
Publications (11)

Proceedings Article | 9 August 2016 Paper
Barnaby Norris, Nick Cvetojevic, Simon Gross, Alexander Arriola, Peter Tuthill, Jon Lawrence, Samuel Richards, Michael Goodwin, Jessica Zheng
Proceedings Volume 9908, 99085E (2016)
KEYWORDS: Adaptive optics, Artificial intelligence, Waveguides, Telescopes, Wavefronts, Microelectromechanical systems, Photonics, Mirrors, Wavefront sensors, Deformable mirrors

Proceedings Article | 27 July 2016 Paper
Michael Goodwin, Jessica Zheng, Jon Lawrence, Samuel Richards, Alexander Arriola, Nick Cvetojevic, Simon Gross, Barnaby Norris
Proceedings Volume 9909, 990933 (2016)
KEYWORDS: Adaptive optics, Telescopes, Observatories, Astronomy, Optical testing, Stars, Wavefront sensors, Adaptive optics, Cameras, Point spread functions, Wavefronts

Proceedings Article | 7 August 2014 Paper
Proceedings Volume 9151, 91511N (2014)
KEYWORDS: Telescopes, Image quality, Stars, Prisms, Liquids, Atmospheric optics, Image analysis, Astronomical telescopes, Adaptive optics, Glasses

Proceedings Article | 4 August 2014 Paper
Jessica Zheng, Samuel Richards, Michael Goodwin, Jon Lawrence, Sergio Leon-Saval, Alexander Argyros
Proceedings Volume 9148, 91482E (2014)
KEYWORDS: Image sensors, Wavefront sensors, Sensors, Stars, Device simulation, Wavefronts, Fiber optics sensors, Sensor performance, Telescopes, Beam splitters

Proceedings Article | 28 July 2014 Paper
Jon Lawrence, David Brown, Jurek Brzeski, Scott Case, Matthew Colless, Tony Farrell, Luke Gers, James Gilbert, Michael Goodwin, George Jacoby, Andrew Hopkins, Michael Ireland, Kyler Kuehn, Nuria P. Lorente, Stan Miziarski, Rolf Muller, Vijay Nichani, Azizi Rakman, Samuel Richards, Will Saunders, Nick Staszak, Julia Tims, Minh Vuong, Lew Waller
Proceedings Volume 9147, 914794 (2014)
KEYWORDS: Spectrographs, Telescopes, Prototyping, Glasses, Metrology, Connectors, Optical fabrication, Coating, Astronomical telescopes, Optical fibers

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