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October 17, 2019

A Sharper Image: Seeing Colliding Galaxies with Adaptive Optics

A discussion with

Dr. Claire Max

Thursday October 17, 2019

Registration 5-5:15pm
Welcome & Talk 5:15-6:00pm
Q&A 6:00-6:45pm

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456 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301
Open to all – Free of charge

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Description of the Talk
Adaptive Optics is a technology that detects and corrects changing distortions in optical systems. It has been applied to great effect during the past decade to correct astronomical telescopes for blurring due to turbulence in the Earth's atmosphere. This talk will describe how Adaptive Optics works, and how it is helping us to learn about colliding galaxies and their black holes, as well as outflows from the cores of nearby galaxy mergers.

About the speaker
Dr. Claire Max is a Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at UC Santa Cruz, and Director of the University of California Observatories. She is a leader in the field of Adaptive Optics, a technology that removes blurring due to atmospheric turbulence so that images from the ground can be as clear as if they were taken from space. She uses Adaptive Optics to study the fate of supermassive black holes in the core of colliding galaxies.

Café Scientifique is a place where anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. The Café provides a forum for debating science issues outside a traditional academic context. We are committed to promoting public engagement with science and to making science accountable - all spoken in plain English. There is no admission charge to attend our events. Building on its great success outside the United States, Café Scientifique Silicon Valley is the first such Café on the West Coast.  We meet monthly to discuss a variety of science topics.