Workshop on Astronomy with Adaptive Optics on Moderate-sized Telescopes

Sponsored by the Indo-US Science & Technology Forum.


22-25 August, 2011
Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune, India.

Downloadable: Participant List, Workshop Program, Photo Album


Day 1 (August 22nd)

0915 - 0930A. K. KembhaviWelcome
   
Session 1AO Short Course
0930 - 1000A. N. RamaprakashMotivation for Adaptive Optics in Astronomy
1000 - 1030C. BaranecBrief History of Adaptive Optics (credit F. Rigaut, Gemini Observatory)
1030 - 1100Tea Break
1100 - 1140N. Law (Video)A Review of Adaptive Optics Science
1140 - 1210S. TendulkarWavefront Sensors, Deformable Mirrors, Lasers
1210 - 1240S. PrabhudesaiAdaptive Optics Reconstruction Methods
1240 - 1310R. DekanyAdaptive Optics Systems Engineering
1310 - 1400Lunch Break
   
Session 2AO in Astronomy
1400 - 1445R. DekanyPalomar and Keck Adaptive Optics Systems
1445 - 1530S. K. SahaAperture Synthesis at optical wavelengths
1530 - 1600Tea Break
1600 - 1700R. NityanandaImaging science: the journey from seeing to believing
1700 - 1800Recitation, Discussion
1800 - 1840B. Ellerbroek (Video)Adaptive Optics for the Thirty Metre Telescope

Day 2 (August 23rd)

Session 3Robo-AO Science, Techniques I
0900 - 0940C. BaranecRobo-AO Overview
0940 - 1010N. Law (Video)Robo-AO Science and the Binary Project
1010 - 1030T. Morton (Video)What Robo-AO can do for Kepler
1030 - 1100Tea Break
1100 - 1120A. N. RamaprakashRobo-AO upgrade, plans in India
1120 - 1140R. DekanyPrecision Astrometry & Dark Matter
1140 - 1200S. HildebrandtTests of Gravity via Astrometry
1200 - 1220S. TendulkarCompanions to White Dwarfs
1220 - 1240J. BagchiProbing AGNs and mergers at high resolution
1240 - 1300C. BaranecRobo-AO: Commissioning Results
1300 - 1400Lunch Break
   
Session 4Robo-AO Science, Techniques II
1400 - 1420M. P. BurseRobo-AO control hardware
1420 - 1440G. DewanganSearching for binary super-massive BHs in AGNs
1440 - 1520R. RiddleRobo-AO software, LGS & USSTRATCOM
1520 - 1540C. H. IshwarchandraSearch for high redshift radio galaxies
1540 - 1600G. HallinanDetermining the Individual Component Masses in Brown Dwarf Binaries with Robo-AO
1600 - 1630Tea Break
1630 - 1730L. HillenbrandA Potpourri of Accretion, Outflow and Activity in Young Suns

Day 3 (August 24th)

Session 5Robo-AO Future
0900 - 0930P. Choi (Video)The Pomona AO system
0930 - 0950R. RiddleRobo-AO network
0950 - 1010R. DekanySouth Pole Robo-AO (SPRITE) & Arctic Robo-AO
1010 - 1020Conference Photo
1020 - 1100Tea Break
   
Session 6AO Initiatives in India
1100 - 1130A. K. GuptaDevelopment of Adaptive Optics Imaging System at IRDE
1130 - 1200A. R. GanesanDevelopment and characterization of a closed loop Adaptive Optics System for Wavefront Control
1200 - 1220A. OmarAO related work at ARIES Devasthal site
1220 - 1240R. A. BayannaPrototype Adaptive Optics System at Udaipur Solar Observatory
1240 - 1300P. PariharDevelopment of Lunar Scintillometer to record ground layer turbulence profile
1300 - 1400Lunch Break
   
Session 7Synergies
1400 - 1430V. BhaleraoNuSTAR: Unveiling the Hard X-ray Universe
1430 - 1500S. N. TandonIntroduction to ASTROSAT
1500 - 1530D. BhattacharyaScience with ASTROSAT & synergies with NuSTAR
1530 - 1630Tea Break
1630 - 1700R. SmithPalomar Transient Factory-2 Instrument and Detector
1700 - 1730G. HelouPalomar Transient Factory-2 Data and Pipeline
1730 - 1800S. R. KulkarniShock & Awe: No Transient Left Behind

Day 4 (August 25th)

0700 - 1400Visit to IUCAA Girawali Observatory