Adaptive Optics mission

The Adaptive Optics department's mission is to provide its astronomical community with worldwide competitive ground-based adaptive optics observing capabilities overcoming the limitation of atmospheric turbulence. This requires developing, installing and commissioning state of the art Adaptive Optics facilities and forcening the necessary advanced technologies. The Adaptive Optics department has established a long term and effective collaboration with the research institutes in the ESO member states and has a successful record of Adaptive Optics based instruments developed with its community. The Adaptive Optics department has fruitful cooperations with industry to develop the key technologies required by the ESO observing capabilities.

ESO 1106 - Press release with PRIMA and NACO ESO 1056 - Announcement: Ultra-light adaptive optics structure completed for the AOF ESO 1032 - Press release with SINFONI

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