Dr. Harald Kuntschner


I am a Project Scientist in the Directorate for Science and Full Astronomer in the science faculty of the European Southern Observatory (ESO).

On the duty side I work as the project scientist for the Adaptive Optics Facility (AOF) which will upgrade one of the 8m telescopes of the Paranal Observatory with an adaptive secondary mirror. The facility includes the use of a sophisticated Laser launch facility that will provide 4 Laser artificial guide stars for wavefront sensing.

I’m also the project scientist for ERIS, the Enhanced Resolution Imager and Spectrograph (ERIS). This 1-5 µm instrument with near-diffraction limited capabilities will be located at the Cassegrain focus of UT4, the telescope that will be equipped with the AOF.

In terms of research I'm working mostly on the stellar populations and dynamics of early-type galaxies in the nearby universe. I'm a full member of the SAURON and ATLAS3D collaborations which aim to characterize the dynamics and stellar populations of nearby early-type galaxies and bulges with surveys using the integral field unit SAURON on the WHT (4.2m, La Palma, Canary Islands).

In general I'm interested in galaxy formation and evolution.

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European Southern Observatory

Karl-Schwarzschild-Str. 2

85748 Garching


Tel. +49 89 3200 6465

Room E.4.14

email: hkuntsch [at] eso.org