Institute of Astronomy

Lucky Imaging, Adaptive Optics, Quanta Detectors

Lucky Imaging.

Firstly the search for instruments that will allow astronomers to achieve much higher angular resolution in the optical and infrared part of the spectrum with large modern telescopes and advanced instrumentation. This can be found on the next tab entitled "High Resolution Imaging", with the full link here

Subsequent tabs examine different aspects of the technologies that people have used in recent years for these goals.  In particular, a significant amount of work has been done on characterising wavefront distortions and the application of lower order adaptive optics as a strategy for correcting them when the reference star can be used is very faint. This often happens at high galactic latitudes when looking at distance clusters of galaxies or quasars.

In addition, some work has been done looking at the possibilities that arise from using Quantum Dot Detectors that have applications for astronomy at wavelengths from the UV right through to the mid IR with high efficiency. A recent paper that discusses the low-order AO work and the prospects for using Quantum Dot detectors may be found here:

Dark Matter.

Some work looking at whether Dark Matter really exits can be found HERE

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