MAD and Beyond: Science with Multi-Conjugate Adaptive Optics Instruments

ESO Garching, Germany, 8-10 June, 2009

The success of MAD on the VLT opens a new era in imaging with large ground-based telescopes. MAD achieved unprecedented near diffraction- limited imaging over fields of view up to 2 arc-minutes with Strehl ratios over 30%. After a successful commissioning, MAD was offered to the general community for 23 nights spread over three Science Demonstration runs between November 2007 and August 2008. To date, MAD has generated close to 10 publications in refereed journals, and many other papers are being prepared. The "MAD and Beyond" workshop is aimed at bringing together scientists that have worked or are working on MAD data to compare results, data analysis techniques, and common problems, and also scientists and engineers involved in the development of the next generation of multi-conjugate adaptive optics instruments. The main aims of the meeting will be to celebrate the achievements of MAD and to dream about the future. For more information contact:

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  • The deadline for Registration is 10 May, 2009.
  • A preliminary program will be available soon.