Dr. Edward Seykora
The main emphasis of this research has been the development of new astronomical instrumentation to be used with the solar telescopes of the National Solar Observatory (U.S) and other solar observatories. One notable result of this research has been the Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor (SSSM), a non-telescopic method for determining telescopic resolution through turbulent atmosphere, which is used for real-time timage grame selection to minimize the effects of atmospheric's 'seeing' at: NOAS/National Solar Observatory, Sunspot NM, NOAO/National Solar Observatory, Kitt Peak, AZ, Mees Solar Observatory, Haleakala, HI and RISE/PSPT Telescopes (U.S. - Italian) solar project. At present SSSMs are also being used by the National Solar Observatory in site surveys for the proposed next-generation large aperture solar telescope.
The most recent research at ECU, combined with observations at NSO, includes new wavefront sensing methods for adaptive optics systems to be used with current and next-generation solar telescopes, and in the development of new techniques to measure optical turbulence at all levels in the atmosphere.