The project PARSEC / high-angular-resolution-instrumentation is an investigation of the centre of the nearest galaxies accros the entire electromagnetic spectrum at spatial resolutions of a few parsecs. Thses resolutions are achievable today with 8-10m class telescopes and state of the art observational techniques such as extreme Adaptive Optics (AO) and long-base-line Interferometry in which the project team is heaviliy involved in their development. The objectives of this project are twofold:
- Foster the development and application of high spatial resolution techniques for astronomy at the Spanish and GTC community at large. Those include adaptive optics, laser-guide star, speckle and optical interferometry. To that aim, this team is constructing the first adaptive optics instrument for GTC: FRIDA http://research.iac.es/proyecto/frida, involved in the development of the Adaptive Optics system GTCAO for GTC, and participate in the definition of second generation Adaptive Optics Systems for VLT.
- Pursue studies of centers of galaxies, and their energetic manifestations, with the highest possible spatial resolution possible today. Two research lines are studied:
2.1 Project PARSEC (Central PARSEC of galaxies): Multiwavelength investigation of the central PARSEC of across the entire electromagnetic spectrum http://research.iac.es/project/parsec
2.2 Project PAIS (Particle Accelerators In Space): Multiwavelength study of particles acceleration in jets and hot spots in radio galaxies http://research.iac.es/project/jets-and-hotspots-in-radiogalaxies/main/…