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LASER GUIDE STARS TO PUSH THE LIMITS IN GROUND-BASED ASTRONOMY - 1 May, 6:30pm

Presented by Dr Noelia Martinez, Monday1 May, 6:30pm, via Zoom


Laser Guide Stars are artificial stars that we generate on the sky wherever we want. Lasers are launched from the ground to help adaptive optics systems correct for the atmospheric effects on astronomical observations. Thanks to Laser Guide Star Adaptive Optics, the very large and extremely large telescopes being built will be able to resolve the most interesting objects out there!


The Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre (AITC), located at the Australian National University Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics in Canberra, gathers engineers and scientists from Australia and overseas working at the forefront of the astronomical and space instrumentation.

During this talk, Dr Martinez will present the Laser Guide Star Adaptive Optics technology and how it is fundamental to push the current limits in ground-based astronomy. Dr Martinez will also give an overview of current and future projects being developed at the AITC; all these instruments will be installed in the largest telescopes on Earth!


Dr Noelia Martinez has a PhD. in astrophysics from the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (Spain), developing an Adaptive Optics system for ground-to-space satellite optical communications. She is a Research Fellow at the Australian National University College of Science at the Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre (AITC), at Mt Stromlo Observatory working in Astronomical Instrumentation, Space Situational Awareness, Optical Communications, and in an innovative concept of laser for the generation of artificial stars on the Australian skies.


Dr Martinez is a STEM WOMEN ambassador.










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