Brown Dwarfs, Adaptive optics, Instrumentation, Infrared Astronomy, Extrasolar planets, Galactic Astronomy, Star Formation, Astrobiology
Laird specializes in novel astronomical observations utilizing new adaptive optics instrumentation. He is utilizing adaptive optics (which removes the blurring effects of the Earth's atmosphere) to study at very high resolution: low-mass stars, brown dwarfs, and extrasolar planets. As well he is interested in massive old AGB stars, young stars in the process of forming, & solar system objects like Titan and binary asteroids. He has been involved in the development of several adaptive optics systems and special high-contrast high resolution infrared cameras. He is the head scientist (PI) of the Magellan Adaptive Secondary AO system in Chile.
Professional Affiliations and Awards:
American Astronomical Society, member
CAREER Program Award, National Science Foundation, 2004
NSERC Canadian Graduate Fellowship Abroad Award 1991-1995