Lyot's visit to Pasadena, California in the '50s.

Place:Edison Pettit's observatory in Pasadena. Shows Lyot, Pettit, and Nicholson. The image shows Pettit's 3 angstrom bandpass Interference Polarizing Monochromator mounted to his personal 6-inch Clark telescope at his home observatory in Pasadena. Pettit did all of the optical and machine work in his own machine shop.

Photo Credit: Larry Webster, Mount Wilson Observatory




Welcome to the Spirit of Lyot 2007

June 04 - 08, 2007

University of California, Berkeley

We are witnessing great progress in the direct imaging detection of extrasolar planets and circumstellar disks. The complexity, rapid pace and focus of research naturally compartmentalizes different efforts, even though the sharing of experiences may be mutually beneficial. We are therefore motivated to design an international conference that will bring together various groups. The primary theme of synergy between technical innovation and science breakthrough is symbolized by Bernard Lyot, inventor of the coronagraph.

Our goal is to create an environment that will bring together instrumentalists and research astronomers who might naturally attend separate conferences. The conference will produce rare opportunities for synergy and cross-fertilization between current ground-based high-contrast programs (GDPS, LYOT, & NICI), planned extreme AO programs (GPI & VLT-SPHERE) and future telescopes (TMT, JWST, TPF).