Edward Chapin

Roles and responsibilities

Research Council Officer

  • Research and development of astronomical instrumentation with a focus on software
  • Adaptive optics control systems
  • Detector readout systems

Current research and/or projects

  • InfraRed On-Detector Guide Windows for Adaptive Optics
  • Real-time adaptive optics control software for:
    • Gemini InfraRed Multi-Opbject Spectrograph (GIRMOS)
    • Gemini Planet Imager 2.0 (GPI 2.0)
    • Gemini North Adaptive Optics System (GNAO)
    • Thirty Meter Telescope Narrow Field InfraRed Adaptive Optics System (NFIRAOS)
  • Software integration for the Gemini High-resolution Optical SpecTrograph (GHOST)
  • Thirty Meter Telescope InfraRed Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) control software


  • Ph.D., Astrophysics, Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica, Mexico, 2004
  • B.Sc. (Hons.) Physics, University of Victoria, Canada, 2000

Key publications

  • Chapin, Edward L.; Dunn, Jennifer; Hardy, Tim; Hubner, Owen; Lothrup, Jordan, “Infrared on-detector guide-windows in the era of extremely large telescopes”, SPIE, 12191, 1, 2022
  • Chapin, Edward L.; Dunn, Jennifer; Nakamoto, Takashi; Sohn, Jiman Simon; Surya, Arun (+ 11 co-authors), “The Infrared Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) for TMT: final software design update”, SPIE, 11452, 1, 2020
  • Dunn, Jennifer; Kerley, Dan; Smith, Malcolm; Chapin, Ed; Stocks, Jon (+ 2 co-authors), “Real-time control (RTC) systems and hardware considerations for next generation adaptive optics (AO) RTC”, SPIE, 11448, 14, 2020
  • Chapin, Edward L.; Dunn, Jennifer; Andersen, David; Herriot, Glen; Kerley, Dan (+ 15 co-authors), “The Infrared Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) for TMT: closed-loop adaptive optics while dithering”, SPIE, 10707, 1, 2018
  • Dunn, Jennifer; Kerley, Dan; Smith, Malcolm; Chapin, Ed; Herriot, Glen (+ 5 co-authors), “The Real-Time controller (RTC) for the Narrow Field Infrared Adaptive Optics System (NFIRAOS) for TMT final design”, SPIE, 10703, 17, 2018 (1)
  • Chapin, Edward L.; Dunn, Jennifer; Weiss, Jason; Gillies, Kim; Hayano, Yutaka (+ 9 co-authors), “The Infrared Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) for TMT: motion planning with collision avoidance for the on-instrument wavefront sensors”, SPIE, 9913, 0, 2016 (4)
  • Chapin, Edward L.; Berry, David S.; Gibb, Andrew G.; Jenness, Tim; Scott, Douglas; Tilanus, Remo P. J.; Economou, Frossie; Holland, Wayne S., “SCUBA-2: iterative map-making with the Sub-Millimetre User Reduction Facility”, MNRAS, 430, 2545, 2013 (218)
  • Chapin, Edward L.; Chapman, Scott C.; Coppin, Kristen E.; Devlin, Mark J.; Dunlop, James S. (+ 15 co-authors), “A joint analysis of BLAST 250–500 µm and LABOCA 870 µm observations in the Extended Chandra Deep Field South”, MNRAS, 411, 505, 2011 (97)

Previous work experience

07/2015 –              : Software Engineer/RCO, National Research Council Canada (Victoria)

02/2014 – 07/2015: Software Engineer/Postdoc, University of Victoria (Victoria)

02/2012 – 05/2014: Software Engineer (contractor), European Space Agency (Madrid)

07/2008 – 01/2014: Postdoc/Research Associate, University of British Columbia (Vancouver)

07/2004 – 06/2005: Postdoc, University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)

Edward Chapin

Edward Chapin

Senior Research Officer
Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics
5071 West Saanich Road
Victoria, British Columbia V9E 2E7
Preferred language: English
Other(s): Spanish, French
Telephone: 250-363-6971

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