TAAS GENERAL MEETING
SATURDAY, JULY 20 – 7:00PM
REGENER HALL, UNM CAMPUS
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

“OPTICAL INTERFEROMETER TELESCOPES” – DR. BORIS P. VENET

(Text by Venet)
An array of telescopes that operates as an interferometer offers the potential of greatly increased image resolution (that is, sharpness and detail). However, the process of extracting an image from an interferometer array is much more complicated than for a single optical telescope. We will discuss the basic concepts, some operational examples of astronomical optical interferometers, and the pros and cons of the technique. We will also briefly compare optical arrays with radio-frequency interferometer arrays for astronomy.

BIO:
.  Dr. Venet holds a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics (Washington U., St. Louis), and a M.S. in Optical Sciences (U. of Arizona).

.  Prior to retirement, he worked for 28 years in optical physics research, and, in earlier days, taught undergraduate physics for five years.

.  Currently, he spends considerable time with TAAS (The Albuquerque Astronomical Society) activities as its Vice President, and noodles around with various equations in his spare time.