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Adaptive Optics

[M2-9 with AO]

Adaptive optics (AO) forms an integral part of the Gemini telescopes' current and future suite of instrumentation. The facility AO system, ALTAIR, has been offered at Gemini North since 2003 and is now available for use with both natural and laser guide stars with NIRI and NIFS.

At Gemini South, multi-conjugate adaptive optics (GeMS) with FLAMINGOS-2 and the Gemini South Adaptive Optics Imager (GSAOI) provides uniform, diffraction-limited image quality to arcminute-scale fields of view (download the science case for MCAO).


The pages in this section are organized as follows: 

  • Link to GeMS (GS)
  • Link to GPI (GS)
  • Link to ALTAIR (GN)
  • Link to Laser guide star (GN)
  • Link to Natural guide star usage (GN)
  • Link to Adaptive Optics Image Gallery