Zoran Ninkov


Contact Information

OfficeCAR A240
Phone(585) 475-7195
Fax(585) 475-5988

Mailing Address

54 Lomb Memorial Drive
Center for Imaging Science
Rochester Institute ofTechnology
Rochester NY 14623-5604

  • Ph.D. in Astronomy in the Department of Geophysics and Astronomy at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Completed in 1986 with thesis supervisor Prof. Gordon Walker. The thesis title was ”Observation and Interpretation of the X-ray binary Cygnus X-1”. 
  • M.Sc. in Physical Chemistry at Monash University. Completed in 1980 with thesis supervisor Prof. R.D. Brown. The thesis title was '” Beam Spectrometer for Studies of Radioastronomically Interesting Molecular Ions”.
  • B.Sc.(1st Class Honours) in Physics at the University of Western Australia. Completed in 1977 with final year supervisor Associate Prof. R. S. Crisp. The thesis title was “Construction of a SQUID Magnetometer”.

Job Responsibilities

Professor, Center for Imaging Science
Professor, School of Physics and Astronomy
Professor, Center for Detectors

Research Interests


Selected Publications

  • Rhodes, D.B. ; Ninkov, Z.; Newman, J.D.; Lee, P.; Gosian, G.J.  [2012] “Development of radiometrically accurate synthetic thermal infrared video for tracking algorithm evaluation”, Proc SPIE vol 8403, 840306
  • Fourspring, K.; Ninkov, Z.  [2012] “Optical characterization of a micro-grid polarimeter”,  Proc. SPIE 8364, 83640M
  • Raisanen, A.D. ; Presnar, M.D.; Ninkov, Z.; Fourspring, K.; Meng, L.; Kerekes, J.P. [2012]  “Simulation of practical single-pixel wire-grid polarizers for superpixel stokes vector imaging arrays” Optical Engineering,  51, 1016201
  • Ausfeld, K.; Ninkov, Z.; Lee, P.; Newman, J.D.; Gosian, G.  [2011] “Polynomial fitting adaptive Kalman filter tracking and choice of correlation coefficient”, SPIE Proc. 8395, 83950R
  • Rhodes D.B., Ninkov Z., Pipher J.L., McMurtry C.W., Newman J.D., Lee P.K., Gosian G.J. and Presnar  M.D. [2010]  “Synthetic scene building for testing thermal signature tracking algorithms, Proc. SPIE, vol 7813, 781309
  • Fourspring K.D.,  Ninkov Z., and Kerekes J.P. [2010] “Scattered light in a DMD based multi-object spectrometer”, Proc. SPIE 7739, 77393
  • Fourspring K.D., Ninkov Z., Kerekes J.P. [2010] “Subpixel scatter in digital micromirror devices”,  Proc. SPIE, Vol. 7596, 75960
  • Kerekes J.P.,  Presnar M.D.,  Fourspring K.D. , Ninkov Z.,  Pogorzala D., Raisanen A.D.,  Rice A.C., Vasquez J.R., Patel J.P., MacIntyre R.T., Brown S.D. [2009]  “Sensor modeling and demonstration of a multi-object spectrometer for performance-driven sensing”, Proc. SPIE 7334, 73340
  • Slawson R., Ninkov Z., Horch E. [2007]  "The Stellar Mass Spectrum of the Open Cluster NGC 3293" Astrophysics & Space Science 312, 171
  • Moore A., Ninkov Z., Forrest W.J.  [2006] “Quantum efficiency overestimation and deterministic cross talk resulting from interpixel capacitance”, Optical Engineering volume 45 , 076402
  • Meyer R., Horch E., Ninkov Z., van Altena W., Rothkopf C. [2006] “RYTSI: The RIT YALE Tip-Tilt Speckle Imager”, Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific 118, 162
  • Meyer R, Kearney K., Ninkov Z., Cotton C., Hammond P., Statt B.D. [2004]  “RITMOS: A micromirror based multiobject spectrometer”, Proceedings of the SPIE volume 5492, 200
  • Moore A., Ninkov Z.,Forrest W.J. [2004] “Interpixel Capacitance in Non-destructive Focal Plane Arrays”, Proceedings of the SPIE volume 5167, 22
  • Caldwell, Douglas A.; Borucki, William J.; Showen, Robert L.; Jenkins, Jon M.; Doyle, Laurance; Ninkov, Zoran; Ashley, Michael [2004]  “Detecting Extrasolar Planet Transits from the South Pole”, in Bioastronomy  : Life Among the Stars, Proceedings of IAU Symposium #213. Edited by R. Norris, and F. Stootman,  San Francisco: Astronomical Society of the Pacific.
  • Moore A.,  Ninkov Z., Burley G., Forrest W.J., Mc Murtry C., Avery L. , [2003] “Operation and Test of Hybridized Silicon p-i-n Arrays Using Open-source Array Control Hardware and Software” , Proceedings of the SPIE volume 5017,27
  • Piterman A., Ninkov Z. [2002], “Measurements of the subpixel sensitivity of a backside illuminated CCD”, Optical Engineering 41, 1192
  • Horch E., Robinson S., Ninkov Z., van Altena W., Meyer R., Urban S., Mason B. [2002] “Speckle Observations of Binary Stars with the WIYN Telescope. III. A Partial Survey of A, F, and G Dwarfs” The Astronomical Journal, Volume 124, 2245
  • Horch, E., Robinson S., Meyer R., van Altena W., Ninkov Z., and Piterman A., "Speckle Observations of Binary Stars with the WIYN Telescope. II. Relative Astrometry measures During 1998-2000" [2002] The Astronomical Journal 123, 3442
  • Marshall F.J. , Ohki T., McInnis D., Ninkov Z., Carbone J. [2001] “Imaging of Laser–Plasma X-ray Emission with Charge­–Injection Devices (CID's)”, Review of Scientific Instruments, 71, 713
  • Borucki W. J.; Caldwell D., Koch D. G., Webster L. D., Jenkins J. M., Ninkov Z., Showen R. [2001] “The Vulcan Photometer: A Dedicated Photometer for Extrasolar Planet Searches ,  The Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Volume 113,  439
  • Kavaldjiev D. and Ninkov Z. [2001] "Effects of Sub-Pixel Sensitivity Variations”, Optical Engineering,  40, 162
  • Slawson R. and Ninkov Z. [1999] "Imaging Spectrometry : a new approach to Multi-Object Spectroscopy", Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific 111, 621