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Friday, April 27th 2018
Speaker: Dr. Christian Veillet, Large Binocula Telescope Observatory (LBTO)
Subject: The Large Binocular Telescope Observatory

With its two 8.4m mirrors on a common mount that can be combined to form an interferometer with a baseline of 23m, complemented with adaptive secondary mirrors, the Large Binocular Telescope provides unprecedented ground-based resolution at near- and mid-infrared wavelengths. With a suite of state of the art instruments nearing completion, the observatory is moving to full operation while adding new capabilities such as ground-layer AO and new AO-fed instrumentation. We will explore the various fields in which LBT has already contributed and stress the importance of the years to come for bringing to fruition the investment made by the LBT partners (UMN is one of theme!) and place LBT as the forerunner of the next generation telescopes scheduled to see first light in the mid-2020s.

Faculty Host: Charles E. Woodward

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