AAS 198th Meeting, June 2001
Session 83. The Promise and Pitfalls of High Contrast Imaging
Special Session Oral, Thursday, June 7, 2001, 10:00-11:30am, C212-214

[Previous] | [Session 83] | [Next]

[83.03] High Contrast Imaging Science with Adaptive Optics

W. Brandner (ESO)

Over the last ten years, the concept of Adaptive Optics (AO) has matured from early experimental stages to a standard observing tool, which is now available at many large optical and near-infrared telescope facilities. Indeed, AO has become an integral part of almost all present and future large telescope initiatives, and will be essential in exploiting the full potential of the large optical interferometers currently under construction.

This talk focuses on AO combined with high contrast imaging techniques (e.g., classical Lyot coronagraph, achromatic interfero coronagraph, or dual imaging), and scientific results obtained using these techniques. Science examples include the search for faint (substellar) companions next to bright stars, the study of polarization signatures of circumstellar disks around young stars, and host galaxies of AGNs and QSOs.

This research acknowledges support by NSF and ESO.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: wbrandne@eso.org

[Previous] | [Session 83] | [Next]