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Professor Smutko is an expert in adaptive optics--a technique that removes the effects of atmospheric turbulence from ground-based telescopes in real time. Adaptive optics allows telescopes on the Earth to achieve images as sharp or better than telescopes in space for a tiny fraction of the cost of a space telescope. His current research is on the process of star formation and he is collaborating on infrared studies of high-mass star formation regions in our galaxy.

Education/Academic qualification

Astronomy & Astrophysics, PhD, The University of Chicago

… → 1998

Astronomy & Astrophysics, MS, The University of Chicago

… → 1990

Astronomy and Physics, Astronomy, BS, Pennsylvania State University

… → 1989

Research interests

  • Adaptive optics
  • Near-infrared astronomy
  • Star formation

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