Adaptive Optics refers to optical systems which adapt to
compensate for optical effects introduced by the medium between the
object and its image.
The possibilities of this relatively new science are endless. Chris
Dainty's lecture will explore the advances in this area of research
which promises to revolutionise astronomy.
His current research is in four main areas: (i) adaptive optics
applied to vision science and other applications, (ii) smart optics,
(iii) the characterisation of atmospheric turbulence and (iv) light
scattering from dense media and surfaces.
Brief career details
Graduated with a Diploma in Photographic Technology from The Polytechnic
of Central London in 1968. MSc in Applied Optics (1969) and PhD in
Physics (1972), both from Imperial College, London.
Lecturer in Physics at Queen Elizabeth College, University of London
1974-1978, Associate Professor of Optics at The Institute of Optics, The
University of Rochester, NY 1978-1983, Pilkington Professor of Applied
Optics at Imperial College, 1984-present (currently on leave).
Present position: Science Foundation Ireland Professor of Experimental
Physics at The National University of Ireland, Galway.
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