Young Stars: Adaptive Optics for Astronomy

Adaptive Optics is a real-time imaging technique that compensates for distortions caused by atmospheric turbulence and hence improves image resolution. We will have a look at how Adaptive Optics works and how it is applied in astronomy. Although we will have a look at some pretty pictures of objects in space to see what can be improved with Adaptive Optics, we will focus on the instrumentation needed to achieve those high resolution images.