Science with Adaptive Optics: Proceedings of the ESO Workshop Held at Garching, Germany, 16-19 September 2003 / Edition 1

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The field of Adaptive Optics (AO) for astronomy has matured in recent years, and diffraction-limited image resolution in the near-infrared is now routinely achieved by ground-based 8 to 10m class telescopes. This book presents the proceedings of the ESO Workshop on Science with Adaptive Optics held in the fall of 2003. The book provides an overview on AO instrumentation, data acquisition and reduction strategies, and covers observations of the sun, solar system objects, circumstellar disks, substellar companions, HII regions, starburst environments, late-type stars, the galactic center, active galaxies, and quasars. The contributions present a vivid picture of the multitude of science topics being addressed by AO in observational astronomy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783642064067
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 11/23/2010
  • Series: ESO Astrophysics Symposia Series
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 388
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Table of Contents

NAOMI - adaptive optics at the WHT 3
Status of adaptive optics projects at ESO 7
Preliminary commissioning results of Altair 19
Lyot coronagraphy at the Palomar and phase-mask coronagraphy at the VLT 25
PIGS - a new wavefront sensor concept for ELTs 31
Adaptive optics for MUSE 36
NAOS-CONICA observational capabilities 42
NACO-SDI : a novel simultaneous differential imager for the direct imaging of giant extra-solar planets 46
One year of NACO operations 53
Note on spectroscopy with adaptive optics 63
Quality control and data flow operations of NAOS-CONICA 69
Comparison of astrometry and photometry of the galactic bulge between HST-NICMOS and NACO data 75
Point spread function analysis of the NACO instrument at the VLT 79
Correlation image processing of diagnostic raw data collected with NAOS-CONICA 83
Wide-field post-processing of adaptive optics images 87
Simulations of adaptive optics with a laser guide star for SINFONI 94
High order adaptive optics simulation tool for VLTs and ELTs 97
Calibration of AO systems : application to NAOS-CONICA and future "planet-finder" systems 103
The unique antarctic atmosphere : implications for adaptive optics 111
Adaptive optics observations of the sun 119
Penumbral line asymmetries using KAOS 129
Simulations of solar AO systems 132
Selected examples of solar and extra-solar planetary science with AO 136
Hot massive planets around nearby young stars - a search with NACO at the VLT 146
Direct detection of exoplanets with future adaptive optics systems 152
Search for sub-stellar companions using AO - first results obtained with NAOS-CONICA 158
Adaptive optics and star formation 163
High angular resolution observations of binary brown dwarfs 174
Close companions to nearby young stars from adaptive optics imaging on VLT and Keck 177
A VLT/NACO survey for triple systems among visual pre-main-sequence binaries 183
Coupled adaptive optics and integral field spectroscopy of pre-main-sequence stars 189
An adaptive optics search for binaries in the Orion nebula cluster 197
A search for close companions in Sco OB2 203
Dual imaging observations of circumstellar matter in TW hydrae : the NACO view 206
Near-infrared AO spectroscopy of edge-on protoplanetary disks with Subaru IRCS 211
Size distribution of disks in the trapezium cluster 214
The origin of the molecular flow in Orion BN/KL : NAOS-CONICA observations 217
NACO and PUEO-GriF investigating small scale structures and velocity fields in OMC1 223
Shocks and star formation in Orion : first light with GriF 229
Imaging in Orion : NAOS-CONICA adaptive optics on the ESO-VLT
AO-assisted observations of ultra-compact H II regions 236
The structure of the young stellar outflows revealed by high angular resolution [Fe II] [lambda] 1.644 [mu]m spectroscopy
Resolving the arches starburst cluster in the galactic center with NAOS-CONICA 248
Adaptive optics science with the MMT adaptive secondary : mid-IR AO imaging of the post-AGB star AC Her
Near-infrared imaging of late type stars using CIAO on the Subaru telescope 261
Spatially resolved spectroscopy of proto-planetary nebulae
NAOS/CONICA imaging of the nebula surrounding IRAS 17340-3757 270
Inward bound : high resolution AO observations of the galactic center 275
Infrared excess sources in the galactic center stellar cluster 279
A thermal detection of Sgr A ? 286
Nuclear dynamics and star formation of AGN 291
NGC1068 : registration with narrow field of view and morphology 298
NACO observations of NGC 1068 305
The nucleus of Centaurus A with NACO 311
Tracing the coronal line region in AGN with VLT/NACO : the very first results 315
Adaptive optics observations of stars in globular clusters and nearby galaxies 323
Surface brightness fluctuations : a case for extremely large telescopes 334
A near-infrared adaptive optics imaging survey of nearby QSOs 338
Altair observations of 3C273 344
Near-infrared high resolution spectroscopy of high-z QSO absorption systems with the Subaru adaptive optics system 352
Survey of a wide area with NACO (SWAN) : cosmology near the VLT's diffraction limit 359
Subaru deep field with adaptive optics 365
Using AO to identify damped Lyman [alpha] absorption systems at redshift z รค 2 369
Selection of extragalactic targets for AO and VLTI observations 375
Distance measurement with adaptive optics-assisted imaging : looking towards the future 378
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