Optical Infrared Coordination Network for Astronomy
The significant progress made over the past 15 years in the field of adaptive optics (AO) has brought this observational technique to the maturity level where outstanding astronomical results can be obtained routinely. Astronomers are now looking toward the next generation of AO systems, especially those under development for the 40-m European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), recently approved for full deployment by the ESO member states. Such ambitious scientific objectives clearly increase the complexity of future instruments, which in turn will require further development of critical technologies, and also elaboration of new system concepts, new control strategies, new data reconstruction methods, etc. The proposed network aims at coordinating these latter aspects through the reinforcement of the existing synergies between the teams already involved in the AO activities within OPTICON, as well as by attracting new teams. The impact of such synergies, initiated since the FP5 programmes, has proven to be very successful.
James Osborn -