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There have been increased efforts in recent years to observe and quantify the effects of atmospheric turbulence and refractivity gradients on telescope image stability at various wavelengths, collectively referred to as seeing. At the same time there has been recent progress in modeling these atmospheric effects to support advances in methods that mitigate resulting telescope image degradation, e.g., adaptive optics. This symposium will bring together experts in the various facets of the complex challenge posed by atmospheric turbulence on optical and longer wavelengths and more generally by the impact of atmospheric turbulence and sharp gradients on the propagation of electromagnetic waves. Given the complex and multidisciplinary nature of these efforts, this symposium on seeing will facilitate further progress. The structure of the meeting with focused sessions targeting the observational and mitigation aspects of the problem of atmospheric turbulence on astronomy, will bring together experts in meteorology and astronomy and thereby actively promote networking and partnerships between these two complementary but diverse fields.


The symposium on seeing includes the following 5 sessions:
1. Instrumentation and observations to quantify the magnitude and distribution of atmospheric optical turbulence
2. Adaptive optics, interferometry, and other approaches to mitigate atmospheric optical turbulence
3. Approaches for modeling atmospheric optical turbulence
4. Applications of optical turbulence observations and custom forecasting in telescope astronomy
5. Panel led session to develop a science plan for a field experiment


A post-meeting book of invited papers and extended abstracts will be published. Once a paper is selected for presentation, the author will be asked to prepare an extended abstract for inclusion in the book.


Updated on: Tue, Dec 4 2007 - 2138 UTC
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