Probing Shocked Structures in Outflows from Galactic Nuclei & YSO with the SOAR AO System


Gerald Cecil


CTIO has designed a ground-layer turbulence compensating system as a 2nd-gen instrument for the SOAR 4.1m telescope. Its 1-2 arcmin corrected fov is well matched to large-scale outflows from starburst and AGN-driven winds, and from young-stellar objects. Such studies are inherently multifrequency, with critical optical/NIR data coming from HST. Multi-epoch data are required on YSO\'s. I summarize open questions on outflow dynamics and how they will be addressed post-HST by 3d spectrometers on this AO system. I also outline other AO interests of the SOAR partners.