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 firstname.lastname@example.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:
The AO4ELT4 Conference will be taking place in between the Laser Workshop and the Fall Retreat. Attendees may register for any or all of these meetings.