A Royal Astronomical Society Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by *Colin.Snodgrass (OU); Craig Mackay (Cambridge); Timothy Morris (Durham); Jesper.Skottfelt (OU)
Substantial developments in imaging technologies in recent years are opening up exciting new opportunities for astronomers. They will complement the capacity of the next generation of space telescopes and help to deliver new science. We can now image a small number of exoplanets directly. We can trace the dynamics of stars around the black hole in the centre of our galaxy and with gravitational lensing study the structure of very distant galaxies. Fast, low-noise, wide area detectors in the visible will revolutionise the detection of rocky planets around Sun-like stars with GravityCam, a proposed UK instrument for the ESO NTT. It will deliver a resolution 2.5-3 times better than natural seeing. Low order AO allows much fainter reference stars to be used. This specialist discussion meeting will cover the astronomical drivers for higher resolution imaging and look at technological advances that might enable improved high-resolution performance. Talks are invited on any scientific or technical topic related to high-resolution imaging in astronomy.
Admission to Specialist Discussion Meetings is free for RAS Fellows, £15 for non-fellows (£5 for students), cash or cheque only, collected at the registration desk. Admission to the subsequent Open (Monthly A&G) Meeting of the Royal Astronomical Society is open to all, at no charge