The Future Of High-Resolution Imaging in the Visible and IR

An RAS specialist discussion meeting on future developments in high resolution astronomical imaging, to be held at the RAS on Feb 8, 2019

Substantial developments in imaging technologies in recent years are opening up exciting new opportunities for astronomers. They will complement the capacity of the next generation of space telescopes and help to deliver new science. We can now image a small number of exoplanets directly. We can trace the dynamics of stars around the black hole in the centre of our galaxy and with gravitational lensing study the structure of very distant galaxies. Fast, low-noise, wide area detectors in the visible will revolutionise the detection of rocky planets around Sun-like stars with GravityCam, a proposed UK instrument for the ESO NTT. It will deliver a resolution 2.5-3 times better than natural seeing. Low order AO allows much fainter reference stars to be used. This specialist discussion meeting will cover the astronomical drivers for higher resolution imaging and look at technological advances that might enable improved high-resolution performance. Talks are invited on any scientific or technical topic related to high-resolution imaging in astronomy.

The meeting will take place in the lecture theatre of The Geological Society, Burlington House, London. It will start at 10:30am and finish at 3:30pm on Friday the 8th of February 2019, and will be followed by the monthly open meeting of the RAS.

To register for this meeting, please fill in the short form below. If you wish to present at the meeting, please send your talk title and abstract by 1 December 2018. The final programme for the meeting will be published here later in December.

Organisers: Colin Snodgrass (Edinburgh), Craig Mackay (Cambridge), Tim Morris (Durham) and Jesper Skottfelt (Open University)

This Specialist Discussion Meeting is open to all; admission is free for RAS Fellows, £15 for non-Fellows (£5 for full-time students). For further details of location and times see or phone the Society on 0207-734-3307.