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Laird A Thompson

Professor Emeritus

Research Interests

Instrumentation at optical / near-IR wavelengths.
Adaptive optics and laser guide stars.
Observations of distant galaxies.

Research Description

I have worked in adaptive optics and laser guide stars for many years.  Recently, I have built and commissioned a fiber-fed nebular spectrograph for use at Mt. Laguna Observatory.


U.C.L.A., 1969, Bachelors Degree with double major - Physics & Astronomy - Cum Laude

University of Arizona, 1974, Ph.D., Astronomy