CfAO Fall Science
Retreat 2019

November 7st - 11th, 2019

Lake Arrowhead, CA

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

The CfAO Fall Retreat this year will center around four workshops, with overlapping themes in adaptive optics. This is an excellent opportunity for researchers in adaptive optics to exchange ideas and make progress in developing the technology of AO for both astronomy and vision science application.

The workshops are:

1. Workshop on Algorithms and Software in Adaptive Optics

This workshop will focus on the latest developments in AO software technology relevant to both astronomy and vision science, including ongoing work in wind-predictive and optimal real-time control techniques, wavefront reconstruction, point-spread function (PSF) recovery, atmospheric turbulence profiling, AO data post-processing, and the design of real-time AO systems.

2. Workshop on High Contrast Exoplanet Imaging Performance
Our challenge is to develop instrument technology for imaging and characterization of exoplanets, i.e. planets outside our own Solar System. This requires extraordinary AO correction, small inner working angle coronagraphs, and very high contrast image reconstruction techniques. This workshop will focus on the current and future performance of existing adaptive optics systems used in high-contrast imaging. The analysis and incorporation of telemetric information and additional sensing modalities, improved system calibration techniques, and system modeling can support future improvements.

3. Workshop on Adaptive Optics in Vision Science
Adaptive optics is becoming an important tool for high resolution imaging of the retina of the eye, both in basic research and now increasingly for clinical use. The 2019 workshop will actually consist of two workshops. The Friday sessions topic will be challenges for retinal functional imaging with AO. The following two days will host of sessions on the developments in Ophthalmic AO practice, including: Ophthalmic wavefront sensing, WS and AO design and assembly, and AO control and calibration . There will also be an overlap session on Friday with the algorithms and software workshop.

4. Workshop on Adaptive Secondary Mirror Technology and Experiments
This is a ~1-1.5-day focused meeting on tests and demonstrations for a new adaptive secondary mirror being developed for the UH 2.2-meter telescope. We want to engage a community/observatory group that we can report results directly to and that can give us input and feedback on the lab and on-sky tests we do with the system. I'm proposing that we convene the first meeting of this committee at this Fall's Retreat with an agenda to (i) bring the committee up to speed on what we're doing/why and (ii) brainstorm/storyboard what specific lab and on-sky tests we want to do. I expect that the committee will consist of ~ 6-10 people selected from observatories interested in ASMs and with a range of backgrounds (scientists, engineers...) but that for the retreat we would welcome more than just the committee members in attendance. Tentatively I have interest from the project side (UH, TNO, and our industrial partners) and have a number of people at the observatories that are interested in the project.

The CfAO Fall Science Retreat 2019 will take place November 7st-11th at the UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference Center.