Assistant Astronomer (tenure-track faculty)
University of Hawaii - Institute for Astronomy
640 North Aohōkū Place #214, Hilo, HI 96720-2700
IfA-Hilo: 808l932l2318, Cell:l626l376l2404
I am the principal investigator for the world's first robotic laser adaptive optics and science system: Robo-AO. The system produces diffraction limited imaging in the visible and infrared for as many as ~250 targets per night which has enabled
unique large scale surveys and rapid imaging not feasible on large aperture telescope adaptive optics (AO) systems. Our collaboration has produced 1 technical and 4 scientific refereed papers as of 3/2013,
with many more results in preparation. Robo-AO also played a small but crucial role in the detection of gravitational lensing in a binary star system.
The focus of my graduate research was to build and commission the MMT's multiple laser guide star
adaptive optics system (along with several other very talented students and researchers.) Read about the laser system and the most recent results
presented in Nature and a UA press release.