Dr. Claire E. Max
Interim Director, UC Observatories
Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics
A.B. in Astronomy, Harvard University
PhD in Astrophysical Sciences - Plasma Physics, Princeton University
My research focuses in a few areas:
1) Astronomical applications of adaptive optics. I use the adaptive optics systems at the Lick and Keck Observatories to observe astronomical objects at near-infrared wavelengths. In the past several years I and my students have been using adaptive optics to observe merging galaxies, ultra-luminous infrared galaxies, and dual active galactic nuclei (galaxies with black holes in their cores). In the past, with colleagues from Berkeley, I imaged the planet Neptune and Saturn's moon Titan with adaptive optics.
2) The Crab Nebula. We are part of a multi-wavelength consortium that observes the region around the Crab Pulsar when an intense gamma-ray flare is seen by the FERMI LAT instrument in space.
3) The development of advanced adaptive optics systems for large current and future ground-based telescopes. I work closely with colleagues at UCSC, the W. M. Keck Observatory, Caltech, and LLNL. The LLNL group has developed laser guide star adaptive optics for the Lick and Keck Observatories.
I serve as Interim Director of the University of California Observatories.
Adaptive Optics and its Applications
Astronomy 18: Planets and Planetary Systems
Publication List from NASA ADS service
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