Tuesday, June 6th: Nearby Galaxy Mergers Seen with Adaptive Optics: A Sharper Image

Event Date: 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 4:00pm

Event Date Details: 

Refreshments served at 3:40 pm.

Event Location: 

  • Broida Hall
  • ROOM 1640
  • Physics Colloquium

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 is helping us learn about colliding galaxies, merging black holes, and outflows from the cores of nearby merging galaxies.

Claire Max, UCSC