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Introduction to Adaptive Optics
Author(s): Robert K. Tyson
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Book Description

Adaptive optics systems and components have achieved a level of sophistication and simplicity that goes beyond traditional applications in astronomy and the military and into developments in medicine, manufacturing, and communications. This book was written for those interested in the multidisciplinary technology and those who need a broad-brush explanation without wading through thousands of journal articles. It follows the structure of a one-day tutorial taught by the author, including humor and sidebars of historical material.

Book Details

Date Published: 7 March 2000
Pages: 130
ISBN: 9780819435118
Volume: TT41

Table of Contents
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1. A long time ago, in a laboratory far far, really far, away
2. Adaptive optics systems - Optics is our middle name
3. Speaking the language - a few definitions
4. Atmospheric turbulence - Bad air ... bad, bad air
5. Laser guide stars - a beacon in the wilderness
6. Systems - putting it all together
7. Wavefront sensors - the eyes
8. Deformable mirrors - the hands
9. Control computers and reconstructors - the brains

Preface

Adaptive optics systems and components have reached a level of sophistication and simplicity here they are beginning to be used beyond traditional applications in astronomy and the military. At the turn of the millennium, the technology and principles have gone beyond the laboratory into developments in medicine, manufacturing, and communications. The operation of an adaptive optics system no longer can afford a few engineers and an army of specially trained technicians. Introduction to Adaptive Optics was written to reach those interested in the technology and those needing a broad-brush explanation without wading through thousands of journal articles. It bridges the gap between many well-written popular magazine articles about adaptive optics and the few detailed texts on the subject.

Introduction to Adaptive Optics follows the structure of a full-day tutorial that I offer. I have a lot of sympathy for those who sit and listen to one topic for a full day, presented by one instructor. Thus, the book is littered with some humor and a few sidebars that discuss historical elements of adaptive optics. Some principles in the book are best explained by the use of mathematics, including calculus, but the book, by no means, relies on an understanding of anything other than the English language and the desire to be introduced to the multidisciplinary field of adaptive optics.


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