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OSE Seminar with Dr. Robert Johnson on laser-beacon adaptive optics

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Dr. Robert Johnson seminar

Posted: November 2, 2018

Date: Wednesday, November 07, 2018 

Time:  11:00 AM to Noon 

Location:  CHTM, Room 101 

Map to CHTM:

http://chtm.unm.edu/about/map-directions.html

Parking passes are available at the receptionist desk.  The CHTM building is equipped with ADA accommodations as well as parking spaces.

Speaker:
Dr. Robert Johnson
Starfire Optical Range in Albuquerque

Abstract:
Images of objects taken through the earth’s atmosphere are often distorted by atmospheric turbulence. This is a problem, which has vexed astronomers for well over 300 years. About 30 years ago, a small group of researchers at Kirtland Air Force Base figured out a way to compensate for these distortions in real-time, using a technique called laser-beacon adaptive optics. This talk will present the fundamentals of how adaptive optics works and discuss some of its applications.

Biography:
Robert Johnson is a researcher at the Starfire Optical Range in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. He received a bachelor’s degree in physics from Texas A&M in 1985 and a PhD in optics from the University of Arizona in 2001. His research interests include developing sensor and laser technologies to improve the performance of laser-beacon adaptive optics for astronomical applications.