The adaptive optics (AO) work started in 1990 with a grant from CFI and BC Knowledge Development Fund. The AO research has made significant progress in the last five years due in large part to our on-going collaboration with the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics (located in Victoria, BC). The UVic/LACIR group has been pioneering the application of micro-electro-mechanical-systems (MEMS) to AO and has recently implemented two fully function test beds in the laboratory.
Current research is centered on the TMT project, in particular a dual deformable mirror configuration called the Woofer Tweeter project. The TMT projects are funded through CFI and BCKDF and are in partnership with the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia. New UVic faculty members Kim Venn (Physics and Astronomy) and Ed Park (Mechanical Engineering) are also involved with TMT related research.