Gemini North Adaptive Optics Workshop

June 19-21, Victoria, Canada

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We invite you to join us for a three-day workshop at the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada to explore the scientific potential of new adaptive optics (AO) concepts and capabilities for the Gemini Observatory. The recent spectacular success of GeMS at Gemini-S and the commissioning of a “super-seeing” mode of Altair at Gemini-N bring exciting new capabilities in our quest to understanding the origins and evolution of everything: galaxies, stars, planets and even life. Identifying the best concepts to explore such diverse science requires the thoughtful planning of a broad community of scientists and engineers from the whole Gemini partnership. In particular, we are now preparing to solicit input on what a next-generation AO system on Gemini-N might look like, and what scientific opportunities it will enable. This workshop, which is scheduled for 19-21 June 2012, will bring together astronomers and instrument specialists from all Gemini communities, as well as other international scientists who are using AO to perform or enhance their science.

This workshop is the first stage in a process to identify a next generation AO system for Gemini North. Its general goal is to determine a broad range of potential science topics and associated AO requirements. The results from this meeting will serve as input to the Gemini Science Meeting in July and help the Gemini Science and Technology Advisory Committee (STAC) to identify and prioritize future instrumentation for Gemini.


An Invitation