Colloquium: Peter Wizinowich

    Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Meinel 307

    Telescope and Adaptive Optics at W. M. Keck Observatory


    The twin 10-m diameter Keck telescopes were the first of a new generation of large (8 to 10 m) telescopes that came on line in the 1990s. The first natural guide star (NGS) and laser guide star (LGS) adaptive optics (AO) systems on this generation of large telescopes were implemented on the Keck II telescope in 1999 and 2004, respectively. Both Keck telescopes are now equipped with LGS AO systems. The Keck telescopes have been extremely productive scientifically with 4848 refereed astronomical science papers published through 2016, including 711 papers using the Keck AO systems. Technology demonstrated with the Keck telescopes (segmented mirrors, instrumentation and AO) will be used in the Extremely Large Telescopes that will see first light in the next decade.

    Speaker Bio(s): 

    Peter Wizinowich has been the Optical Systems Manager at W. M. Keck Observatory since 1991. During this time he has been responsible for the development, implementation and optimization of the Keck telescope optics, adaptive optics and interferometer. Previous positions included the Canada-France-Hawaii telescope and Steward Observatory. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona Optical Sciences Center, and a B.Sc. and M.A.Sc. from the University of Toronto.