Office: 3-937 Physics and Astronomy Building
This is an infrared photo of four members of the NIRC2 instrument team taken through the 10 meter Keck Telescope. We believe we're the first humans ever imaged with a 10 meter telescope. If you look closely in the middle of the image, you can see retroreflections back into the telescope, the AO system and even into the very cold camera dewar.
Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles.
I work as an astrophysicist in the Physics and Astronomy Department concentrating on extragalactic astrophyics, adaptive optics (AO) and infrared instrumentation. My students and I were the first to observe faint field galaxies with a Shack-Hartmann AO system in order to directly observe galaxy evolution. This has now developed into a large legacy program as part of the NSF Center for Adaptive Optics to observe deep HST fields with the Keck AO system and ultimately with the OSIRIS integral field spectrograph. I am the PI of OSIRIS which is a new diffraction limited cryogenic spectrograph which can take more than 1000 simultaneous spectra over a rectangular field of view. I'm also a Co-I in a new project (EXAOC) to develop an advanced AO system with the capability to directly image young Jovian planets around nearby stars. My interests in planet detection have grown from work on one of the Terrestrial Planet Finder (TPF) architecture teams, and membership in the ORIGINS subcommittee for NASA.
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Physics and Astronomy Building 430 Portola Plaza Box 951547 Los Angeles, CA. 90095-1547