Supernovae and extragalactic astronomy with laser guide star adaptive optics

Stuart D. Ryder, Seppo Mattila, Erkki Kankare, Petri Väisänen

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Abstract

Using the latest generation of adaptive optics imaging systems together with laser guide stars on 8m-class telescopes, we are finally revealing the previously-hidden population of supernovae in starburst galaxies. Finding these supernovae and measuring the amount of absorption due to dust is crucial to being able to accurately trace the star formation history of our Universe. Our images are amongst the sharpest ever obtained from the ground, and reveal much about how and why these galaxies are forming massive stars (that become supernovae) at such a prodigious rate.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdaptive Optics Systems IV
EditorsEnrico Marchetti, Laird M. Close, Jean-Pierre Veran
Place of PublicationBellingham, Washington
PublisherSPIE
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780819496164
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jul 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventAdaptive Optics Systems IV - Montreal, Canada
Duration: 22 Jun 201427 Jun 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE
Volume9148
ISSN (Electronic)0277-786X

Conference

ConferenceAdaptive Optics Systems IV
CountryCanada
CityMontreal
Period22/06/1427/06/14

Keywords

  • ALTAIR
  • GeMS
  • Laser guide star adaptive optics
  • Luminous Infra-Red Galaxies
  • NaCo
  • Supernovae

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