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Telescopes of the future

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Telescope technology has transformed our ability to pursue forefront astrophysics, bringing the faint universe into focus. New observing techniques such as high angular resolution imaging using adaptive optics and integral field spectroscopy have been developed. Ever larger light gathering capability has led to systematic observation of transient and time‐variable phenomena. In his Presidential Address for 2012, Roger Davies, who chaired ESO's E‐ELT Standing Review Committee during Phase B of the project, examines how far we have come and explores the case for the next generation of giant telescopes.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Philip Wetton Professor of Astrophysics at Oxford University and was RAS President May 2010 – May 2012. This address was given at the RAS National Astronomy Meeting in May 2012.

Publication date: August 1, 2012

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