Optical engineer Brian J. Bauman will give an overview of Laser Guide Star and how it takes the "twinkle" out of stars and gives astronomers a clear view of the heavens through earth based telescopes.

Brian graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics from University of California, San Diego, and with a Master of Science in Optical Sciences from University of Arizona. He has been an optical engineer for a variety of projects, including night vision systems for helicopter pilots, high-power laser systems, and most recently, adaptive optics and astronomical instruments.

A sodium-layer laser guide star adaptive optics system has been developed at LLNL for use on the 3-meter Shane telescope at Lick Observatory located on Mount Hamilton, near San Jose, California.

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Dr. Brian Bauman

Brian Bauman is an Optical Engineer for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and is affiliated with the Center for Adaptive Optics and the Laboratory for Adaptive Optics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His interests include astronomical and vision science adaptive optics instruments, lenslet-based pyramid wavefront sensors, and dynamic refocusing in laser guide star wavefront sensors. He is currently working on AO systems for the Thirty Meter Telescope; the Gemini Planet Imager, and ViLLaGEs, the advanced AO concept demonstrator on the Nickel 1-meter telescope at Lick Observatory. Projects have included the Keck Next Generation Adaptive Optics System, the Lick AO System on the Shane 3-meter telescope; and various vision science AO systems. He earned his Ph.D. in Optical Sciences from the University of Arizona.