Robo-AO Commissioning and Science
Robo-AO is a robotic laser guide star adaptive optics instrument on the Kitt Peak 2.1-m telescope. Observing every clear night through 2018, Robo-AO at Kitt Peak is the first dedicated adaptive optics observatory. Since commissioning in the winter of 2015, I’ve been developing imaging processing pipelines and characterizing the instrument’s performance. I’m also studying the origins of stellar angular momentum by resolving hundreds of Pleiades and Praesepe binaries with Robo-AO and relating their separations to K2’s photometrically determined rotation periods.