Lucky imaging and adaptive optics for satellite imaging

Lucky imaging is a technique of improving image quality through post-processing techniques. Adaptive Optics (AO) is a technique used to restore space-like imaging conditions for ground-based optical systems by correcting atmospheric turbulence disturbances in real-time. Lucky imaging and AO can also be combined to perform new functions for an AO system, in this case this is the imaging of orbiting satellites. The satellites are imaged at a high rate (several frames per second), and post processing used to filter, rotate, scale, and stack the high quality images.

This project gives students the opportunity to develop image processing techniques for lucky imaging. These techniques can be tested on the AO system currently installed on the EOS 1.8 m telescope to evaluate performance and produce significantly improved images.

The students will have the opportunity to work with the adaptive optic system currently installed on the EOS 1.8 m telescope, and work with world leading instrument scientists and engineers in the Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre (AITC) at Mount Stromlo.  Some experience in at least two of the following disciplines is highly desired: optics/optical engineering, mathematics, control systems, computer science, image analysis and processing, physics.