Christoph Baranec


Assistant Astronomer,
Institute for Astonomy

Christoph Baranec is an assistant astronomer at the University of Hawaiʻi Institute for Astronomy. He designs, builds and uses adaptive optics systems—instruments that overcome the blurring effects of the Earth’s atmosphere. Baranec won an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in 2014 for leading the development of the world’s first automated adaptive optic system, Robo-AO. Observations from this system appear in 30 scientific publications, with many more in preparation. These include several of the largest number count adaptive optics surveys ever performed: all of the several thousands of Kepler candidate exoplanet hosts and all known stars within 80 light years observable from the northern hemisphere. Baranec currently leads the effort to deploy an upgraded version of Robo-AO to the University of Hawaiʻi 2.2-m telescope, which will achieve resolutions approaching that of the Hubble Space Telescope.

Institute for Astonomy