Scott A. Severson - KAPAO

Advising Adaptive Optics (AO) is a technology to remove the atmospheric "blur" present in images taken from ground-based observatories. In a partnership with host institution, Pomona College, as well as Caltech and Harvey Mudd College, we have built KAPAO, an AO system for the Table Mountain Observatory (TMO) 1-meter telescope. TMO is located at a Jet Propulsion Laboratories site in the San Gabriel mountains. With this innovative instrument and remarkable imaging performance, we are revolutionizing undergraduate students' access to high-resolution astronomical imaging and cutting-edge research projects.

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