Physics Colloquium - Nearby Galaxy Mergers Seen with Adaptive Optics: A Sharper Image

Event Date: 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 4:00pm

Event Location: 

  • Broida 1640


Claire Max, Lick Observatory and UCSC


Adaptive Optics is a technology that detects and corrects changing distortions in optical systems. It has been applied to great effect during the past decade to correct astronomical telescopes for blurring due to turbulence in the Earth's atmosphere. This talk will describe how Adaptive Optics works, and how it yields new insights about black holes and outflows from mergers of nearby gas-rich galaxies.