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Optimal wavelength selection for adaptive optics telescopes
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Paper Abstract

We derive an expression for the wavelength (lambda) o giving maximum resolution for an adaptive-optics compensated telescope. An approximate expression for average on-axis intensity is written to account for the competing effects of diffraction and residual (post-compression) phase error; this expression is then differentiated with respect to the imaging wavelength (lambda) to yield (lambda) o. The analytically predicted (lambda) o is compared to simulation results and correspondence is shown to be good at widely separated seeing conditions and adaptive optics geometries.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 May 1994
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2201, Adaptive Optics in Astronomy, (31 May 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.176056
Show Author Affiliations
David W. Tyler, Air Force Phillips Lab. (United States)
Janet S. Fender, Air Force Phillips Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2201:
Adaptive Optics in Astronomy
Mark A. Ealey; Fritz Merkle, Editor(s)

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