Perspectives for speckle cameras at the GTC and WHT

Dr. Rainier Schödel

Abstract

I will present a short introduction to speckle imaging and the so-called speckle holography technique. Subsequently, I will present results of speckle observations with the VLT (NACO) and Keck (NIRC) telescopes. The experiments demonstrate that in the observed targets speckle imaging combined with holographic image reconstruction provides imaging quality that can compete with and even supersede current adaptive optics (AO) imaging systems. Speckle imaging is a way to achieve reliable, high-quality, diffraction limited imaging capacity at relatively low costs. I will discuss what would be the estimated performance of speckle cameras at the WHT and GTC and sketch possible concepts.

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Perspectives for speckle cameras at the GTC and WHT
Dr. Rainier Schödel
Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, Spain
Tuesday June 15, 2010 - 0:00  (Aula)
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