2015 CfAO Fall Science Retreat (October 31 - November 1)

The Center for Adaptive Optics (CfAO) Fall Science Retreat provides a forum for researchers in the adaptive optics field to share current results and plan future collaborations.

The process of forming the agenda will be driven by your input. When you register, you will have an opportunity to suggest––and possibly lead––a topical session that you would like to see on the agenda, to sign up to give a talk, and/or to sign up to bring a poster. Below is a preliminary list of topics. We strongly welcome suggestions for additional or more specific topical areas you would like to see at the retreat. If you have an idea now, please e-mail Don Gavel at gavel@ucolick.org.

  • Astronomical science with AO: Solar System, Exoplanets, Galactic, Extragalactic
  • AO systems and science for Solar Astronomy
  • Image processing & post-processing for astronomical science
  • Photometry and astrometry with AO
  • Adaptive Optics applied to Biology: Imaging of the retina of the eye
  • Adaptive Optics applied to biological microscopy: deep-tissue imaging
  • Educational outreach programs for early students in the Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) fields.
  • Feedback from the AO internship and professinoal development activities sponsored by the UCSC Institute for Scientist and Engineer Educators
  • More topics as suggested by the CfAO community.

CfAO Workshop on Laser Guidestar Technology and Systems for Astronomy (October 24 - 25)

This workshop will focus on the issues of producing artificial beacons for AO on large aperture ground-based telescopes. Topics will include (but are not limited to):

  • Sodium and Rayleigh return modeling and measurements
  • Theory of pulsed sodium excitation - optimal laser pulse and frequency formats
  • Guidestar return measurement
  • On-telescope testing and commissioning experience
  • Approaches to laser beam transport
  • Laser safety, aircraft and satellite predictive avoidance measures, coordination with aviation and space authorities
  • Reports from laser suppliers 

The workshop will begin on the evening of October 24, with a full day on October 25.


Please note the following deadlines: