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Proposal Information for 2014A-0457


PI: Andrea Ghez, UC Los Angeles, ghez@astro.ucla.edu
Address: Department of Physics and Astronomy, Physics and Astronomy Building, 430 Portola Plaza, Box 951547, Los Angeles CA, 90095-1547, USA

CoI: Leo Meyer, UC Los Angeles
CoI: Jessica Lu, University of Hawaii (IfA)
CoI: Tuan Do, University of Toronto
CoI: Sylvana Yelda, UC Los Angeles
CoI: Brent Ellerbroek, Thirty Meter Telescope
CoI: Mark Morris, UC Los Angeles
CoI: Eric Becklin, UC Los Angeles
CoI: Marcos van Dam, Flat Wavefronts
CoI: Matthias Schoeck, Thirty Meter Telescope
CoI: Gunther Witzel, UC Los Angeles
CoI: Breann Sitarski, UC Los Angeles
CoI: Anna Boehle, UC Los Angeles

Title: Using MCAO to Enable Unique Test of General Relativity at the Galactic Center

Abstract: We propose to construct the first absolute astrometric reference frame of the Galactic center free of systematic errors. This has been made possible by the unique capabilities of Gemini's new MCAO system, which delivers unprecedented spatial point spread function stability over a large field of view. This is the key ingredient that will enable the success of the long-term monitoring effort to test Einstein's theory of General Relativity in an as yet unexplored regime.


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