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Optics and Astronomy

Wed, Jun 20, 2018 1:00P EDT


What tools and equipment will be needed for 21st century astronomy? In this webinar, you will learn about innovative optical approaches to astronomy to support research at a global level.

The webinar will cover optical and IR instruments for astronomy, including an IR spectograph that the speaker, Suresh Sivanandam, is developing for the Gemini Observatory at the Dunlap Institute. Adaptive optics for astronomy will also be covered.

The speaker will discuss how these optics tools are used to process the flood of raw data being produced by next-generation radio telescopes, so that this data can be utilized for investigation into cosmic magnetism, evolution of galaxies, and more. He will cover the design and fabrication of novel astronomical instrumentation from both a scientific and an engineering standpoint.

About the presenter:
Suresh Sivanandam, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto. He studies the formation and evolution of galaxies in clusters; and one focus of his Suresh Sivanandam, Ph.D., Dunlap Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics.research is a spectroscopic survey of nearby galaxies to see if their stellar populations differ significantly from predictions. The survey will be conducted with a unique instrument Sivanandam and his collaborators are currently building: the Wide Integral-Field Infrared Spectrograph, or WIFIS.

In addition to WIFIS, Sivanandam is a key member in many instrument projects, including a Micro-Shutter Array, Multi-Object Spectrograph, or MSAMOS. At Dunlap, he is principal investigator for near-IR Arctic sky brightness measurements. He is also helping to lead Thirty Meter Telescope instrumentation development in Canada.

Sivanandam became an Assistant Professor at the Dunlap Institute in 2015. He was a Dunlap Fellow at the University of Toronto from 2010-2015. He received his Ph.D. in Astronomy, with a minor in optical sciences, from the University of Arizona in 2010. He received his M.S. in Astronomy from the University of Arizona in 2007 and his B.S. in Physics and Astronomy from the University of British Columbia in 2004.

Who should attend:
Optics engineers, designers and other technical professionals who design and/or build optical instruments. Anyone, including citizen scientists, who is interested in the technology that is being used to advance astronomical exploration today.

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