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Adaptive optics imaging of Pluto-Charon and the discovery of a moon around the Asteroid 45 Eugenia: the potential of adaptive optics in planetary astronomy
Author(s): Laird Miller Close; William J. Merline; David J. Tholen; Tobias C. Owen; Francois J. Roddier; C. Dumas
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Paper Abstract

We outline two separate projects which highlight the power of adaptive optics (AO) to aid planetary research. The first project utilized AO to discover a moon around asteroid 45 Eugenia by use of the PUEO AO facility at CFHT. We also utilized AO to resolve the Pluto-Charon system by producing 0.15' FWHM images. We used the University of Hawaii AO system (Roddier et al. 1991) at CFHT to obtain deep (20 min) narrow band images in and out of the molecular bands of water and methane ices.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 July 2000
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4007, Adaptive Optical Systems Technology, (7 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.390379
Show Author Affiliations
Laird Miller Close, European Southern Observatory (United States)
William J. Merline, Southwest Research Institute (United States)
David J. Tholen, Univ. of Hawaii/Manoa (United States)
Tobias C. Owen, Univ. of Hawaii/Manoa (United States)
Francois J. Roddier, Univ. of Hawaii/Manoa (United States)
C. Dumas, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4007:
Adaptive Optical Systems Technology
Peter L. Wizinowich, Editor(s)

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