Dr. Christoph Baranec
at Institute for Astronomy
SPIE Involvement:
Membership & Communities Committee | Senior status | Conference Program Committee | Author
Area of Expertise:
Adaptive Optics , Optical Engineering , Physical Optics , Exoplanets
Profile Summary

Christoph Baranec is an astronomer (B.S., Caltech, '01) and optical scientist (Ph. D., U. Arizona, '07) specializing in adaptive optics systems, components and techniques. Currently an assistant astronomer at the University of Hawai'i's Institute for Astronomy, he is bringing his expertise with adaptive optics to the telescopes of Mauna Kea. He previously led an international collaboration to build the world's first fully automated laser adaptive optics system, Robo-AO (http://robo-ao.org), and is currently using it to take high-resolution images of all the candidate exoplanet host stars identified by NASA’s Kepler mission. He was additionally on the development team for the world's first purpose built visible-light extreme adaptive optics system, PALM-3000 at Palomar Observatory, which was recently used to take simultaneous spectra of four extrasolar planets. He is additionally involved in upgrading the PALM-3000 system with a laser guide star to greatly expand the number of targets available for high-contrast imaging.
Publications (31)

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | August 5, 2016
Proc. SPIE. 9909, Adaptive Optics Systems V
KEYWORDS: Optical components, Telescopes, Mirrors, Stars, Cameras, Interfaces, Wavefront sensors, Adaptive optics, Image quality, Aluminum

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | July 27, 2016
Proc. SPIE. 9909, Adaptive Optics Systems V
KEYWORDS: Point spread functions, Stars, Imaging systems, Adaptive optics, Exoplanets, Neodymium, Planets, Laser optics, Binary data, Planetary systems

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | July 26, 2016
Proc. SPIE. 9909, Adaptive Optics Systems V
KEYWORDS: Infrared cameras, Infrared imaging, Point spread functions, Telescopes, Mirrors, Visible radiation, Stars, Cameras, Adaptive optics, Infrared radiation

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | July 26, 2016
Proc. SPIE. 9909, Adaptive Optics Systems V
KEYWORDS: Telescopes, Mirrors, Spectrographs, Visible radiation, Cameras, Sensors, Adaptive optics, Infrared radiation, Prototyping, Iterated function systems

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | August 22, 2014
Proc. SPIE. 9148, Adaptive Optics Systems IV
KEYWORDS: Telescopes, Stars, Cameras, Matrices, Wavefront sensors, Wavefronts, Adaptive optics, Domes, Turbulence, Optical turbulence

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | August 7, 2014
Proc. SPIE. 9148, Adaptive Optics Systems IV
KEYWORDS: Telescopes, Mirrors, Stars, Cameras, Calibration, Wavefront sensors, Adaptive optics, Image quality, Optical turbulence, Galactic astronomy

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Conference Committee Involvement (3)
Adaptive Optics Systems VI
10 June 2018 | Austin, Texas, United States
Adaptive Optics Systems V
26 June 2016 | Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Adaptive Optics Systems V Posters
26 June 2016 | Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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