- 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.