AO4ELT4 Conference - October 26-30, 2015

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AO4ELT4 October 2015

The fourth bi-annual Adaptive Optics for Extremely Large Telescopes meeting will be taking place in October 2015 at the UCLA Conference Center in Southern California. The theme of the meeting is AO systems and related instrumentation and the special challenges they face on extremely large aperture telescopes. The conference will gather specialists to review and discuss the latest developments of the ELT’s current design in terms of AO systems, related instruments and science goals. At the same time the conference will report on pathfinder projects planned or implemented on existing telescopes, including solar telescopes, which provide relevant results for the next ELT’s design phase. Special attention will be given to key components and new ideas that have the potential to overcome the limitations of existing systems, in order to increase the scientific impact of the future ELT’s.

Topic areas include:

  • Astronomy with AO on ELTs
  • Scientific observations with ELTs and related requirements for AO systems
  • Current designs for ELT AO systems
  • AO pathfinders & new ideas, including designs, lab testbeds, and on-sky experiments
  • AO numerical simulations and modeling
  • Wave-front sensors
  • Wave-front correctors
  • Laser Guide Star systems
  • System control & algorithms
  • Atmospheric turbulence and AO disturbance modeling and characterization
  • Data post processing and optimization, including PSF reconstruction, deconvolution, performance monitoring
  • Other topics of interest to the AO4ELT community

Registration for this conference will open April 17, 2015.

As a special addition, we will be appending two events to this meeting that are regular events of the Center for Adaptive Optics (CfAO), the Workshop on Guide Star Lasers for Astronomy (October 23-25) and the CfAO Fall Science Retreat (October 30-November 1). Attendees may register for any or all of these meetings.


Please note the following deadlines:

Big Bear Observatory Tour

Phil Goode has graciously offered to tour people through the Big Bear Solar Obseratory. This is an Extremely Large Telescope, of the Solar kind, having a fully operational MCAO system.

There is a glitch and we cannot have the tour on Wednesday at noon, as originally planned, but may have other alternatives. Please read this message from Phil Goode on the tour page.

Click here for more information and a sign-up sheet.