Dr. Claire E. Max
Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics
My research focuses in two areas:
1)Astronomical applications of adaptive optics. I use the adaptive optics systems at the Lick and Keck Observatories to observe astronomical objects at infrared wavelengths. In the past several years I have been using adaptive optics to observe dual active galactic nuclei (galaxies with black holes in their cores) that are involved in galaxy mergers. In the past, with colleagues from Berkeley, I imaged the planet Neptune and Saturn's moon Titan with adaptive optics.
2) 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 the Director of the Center for Adaptive Optics, a University of California Center with headquarters at UC Santa Cruz.
Adaptive Optics and its Applications
Astronomy 18: Planets and Planetary Systems
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