Seminar Series

Adaptive Optics: Astronomy and Beyond

Matthew Britton, Optical Sciences Company

04 Mar 2013 - 12:00

This informal lunch talk will provide an introduction to the techniques and varied applications of adaptive optics.  After a brief review of the technical fundamentals of natural and laser guide star adaptive optics, I will discuss a number of astronomical applications:  differential astrometry, planet detection, transient survey follow-up,  and optical interferometry.   These applications have analogues in other areas, which I will describe.  Progress in adaptive optics has always been intimately tied to the availability of highly specialized components:  high speed cameras, deformable mirrors, lasers, and low-latency electronics.  Throughout the talk I will touch upon the state of the art and indicate the types of adaptive optics systems that are being enabled through current development efforts.

LCO Seminar Series,
6740 Cortona Dr, Suite 102,
Goleta, CA 93117