SOCk Community Speakers: Charlotte Guthery

    Friday, October 1, 2021 - 12:00pm
    Meinel 410

    Charlotte will be discussing why Adaptive optics (AO) are a necessary feature in the newest generation of ground-based large aperture telescopes. The resolution capabilities given by the large primary mirrors are negated by the aberrations caused by turbulence in the atmosphere. AO is a powerful tool with the ability to measure and correct these errors and restore diffraction limited imaging to the system.

    The design of AO is first based on the physical understanding of the atmosphere and the statistical characterizations of turbulence. The optical, mechanical, and software design work in tandem to successfully integrate highly accurate real-time aberration correction for a photon limited image. AO has been successfully implemented at many large aperture telescopes including the MMT, Keck, and Subaru. The design of future ground-based telescopes such at the GMT, EELT, and TMT all include specially designed AO to improve performance.

    If anyone would like to learn more about this work, please join us this Friday, October 1st at noon. As always we will have pizza afterward.