L4AO 13

L4AO Workshop

Deadline for abstract submission is 29 April 2019

Interested parties are welcome and encouraged to download and print the workshop poster and use it freely in electronic and print format to distribute broadly among their networks and advertise for the workshop.

Workshop Goals

The L4AO-13 Workshop provides an opportunity for the community of scientists and engineers in the field of laser technology and systems for adaptive optics to engage in a productive conversation of various topics of interest in this field. In particular topics of interest to be included are:

  • Use of lasers, theory, testing and operations, in Laser Guide Star (LGS) applications for Adaptive Optics (AO) use in astronomy,  laser communications, space situational awareness, monitoring of the Earth's geomagnetic field, etc.
  • Sodium and Rayleigh LGS return modeling and measurements
  • Theory of CW and pulsed sodium excitation, optimal laser temporal and spectral formats
  • On-telescope testing and commissioning experience of lasers and LGS systems
  • Approaches to laser beam transport and launch
  • Laser safety and operational aspects (e.g. aircraft safety, satellite predictive avoidance, laser traffic control at observatory sites)
  • LGS facility/systems related designs and technologies
  • LGS performance measurement and monitoring (brightness, spot size, etc.)
  • Innovative ideas, approaches and uses of LGS
  • AO performance with LGS (original aspects which will not otherwise be presented at the AO4ELT6 conference)

Organizing Committee

  • L4AO Workshop Organization

    • Chair: Celine d'Orgeville, Australian National University
    • Co-Chair: Angel Otarola, TMT International Observatory
  • L4AO Workshop Scientific Organizing Committee

    • Laure Catala, Gemini Observatory
    • Celine d'Orgeville, Australian National University
    • Pascale Hibon, European Southern Observatory - Chile
    • Ron Holzlöhner, European Southern Observatory - Garching
    • Noelia Martinez, Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias
    • Etsuko Mieda, Subaru Observatory
    • Angel Otarola, Thirty Meter Telescope
    • Felipe Pedreros Bustos, Helmholtz Institute Mainz
    • Gustavo Rahmer, Large Binocular Telescope Observatory
    • Robert Johnson, Starfire Optical Range, United States Air Force Research Laboratory
  • L4AO Workshop Local Organizing Committee

    • Celine d'Orgeville, Australian National University
    • Denis Brousseau, Université Laval

Workshop Statement of Principles

The L4AO-13 Workshop Chairs and Organizing Committees are committed to the principles of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA). The same level of commitment is expected from all workshop participants.

The Workshop Organization will strive to create spaces of respectful discussion and camaraderie among all members of our community and workshop attendees. The L4AO-13 Workshop Chairs and Organizing Committees will oppose any form of harassment and bullying perpetrated on the basis of gender identity, sex, race, ethnic origin, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disabilities, mental health or any other personal characteristics that are unrelated to the scientific aims and objectives of the workshop.

The L4AO-13 workshop Gender Equity, and Harassment and Bullying policies (including sexual harassment) will be published on this web site prior to the workshop being held. By taking part in the workshop, participants will be expected to have read, acknowledged, and accepted those policies.

Available support

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, the L4AO-13 Workshop Organization will be able to provide some limited financial support to partially cover student and early-career travel expenses, as well as to offset extraordinary child care-related costs that parents/carers will be facing (in Quebec City, at home, or otherwise) in order to participate in the workshop. 

It is expected that up to five $1000 CAD travel grants and up to five $1000 CAD child care support grants will be awarded.

The Workshop Organization will review all requests submitted by the workshop registration deadline and make a best effort to grant support after review of the information contained in all applications. Please note that: 

  • Should the combined requested amount for all applicants be larger than the total funding available, priority will be given to applications from (1) students and (2) early-career participants.
  • Should the combined requested amount for all applicants be smaller than the total funding available, funding support amounts larger than $1000 may be awarded to some or all applicants.

The L4AO-13 Organization Committee reserves the right to award funding support of any amount (including no funding) consistent with the principles highlighted above on the sole basis of the information provided by applicants.

Those interested in receiving either or both types of funding support should email the Workshop Organization at L4AO_FundingSupport@mso.anu.edu.au, indicating  Travel Support or  Child Care Support  in the subject line. Participants should apply separately for each type of support and indicate clearly:

  1. Type of support requested
  2. Minimum amount requested if lower than $1000 (in Canadian dollars)
  3. Maximum amount requested if higher than $1000 (in Canadian dollars)
  4. Reasons why you are seeking funding support (~500 words or fewer)

Please include the following information:

  • Whether you are a student, an early-career participant, or other relevant information related to your professional position
  • Justification for the minimum amount and maximum amount requested
  • For travel support, other funding sources that you will (or will not) benefit from in order to participate in this workshop
  • For child care support, your carer responsibilities and what extraordinary child care arrangements (in Quebec City, at home, or otherwise) you need to make in order to be able to participate in the workshop
  • In what way supporting your participation in the L4AO-13 workshop will enable the Workshop Organization to further demonstrate their commitment to IDEA principles.