The Central PARSEC of Galaxies using High Spatial Resolution Techniques

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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:

  1. 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,  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.
  2. 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

2.2 Project PAIS (Particle Accelerators In Space): Multiwavelength study of particles acceleration in jets and hot spots in radio galaxies…

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