The ESO Adaptive Optics Facility: how to build an adaptive telescope

Speaker: Paolo La Penna (European Southern Observatory)

The AOF (Adaptive Optics Facility) consists of the transformation of one of the VLT into an adaptive telescope, by replacing the rigid secondary mirror with a Deformable Mirror and providing the instrumentation to drive and control it. The whole activity, that required over 10 years of design, production, testing and installation, is now close to its completion at Paranal.

In this talk we shortly describe the intervention on the telescope and the results obtained so far.


VLT from start to finish

Speaker: Marco Quattri (European Southern Observatory)

The Very Large Telescope is presently the flagship installation of ESO. It took about 15 years to develop the project, build it and put it into operation. During this process a number of interesting facts have been learnt and the experience then used to develop the next generation large facility of ESO, the ELT. One will try to summarize the facts which have defined the VLT the way it is

Start time: 2:45 p.m.

Coffee will be served before the seminar, at 2:30 p.m.

6-2-024 - BE Auditorium Meyrin (CERN)
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