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First diffraction-limited astronomical images with adaptive optics
Author(s): Fritz Merkle; Gerard Rousset; Pierre Y. Kern; Jean-Paul Gaffard
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Paper Abstract

An adaptive optics prototype system has been tested at the 1.52 m telescope of the Observatoire de Haute Provence, resulting in diffraction-limited images at near infrared wavelengths (2.2 to 5 microns). This paper presents the first results and a short analysis, which demonstrate the considerable gain in resolution and sensitivity achieved by this technique. Single stars, close binary stars, and a satellite have been resolved. In some cases another star several arcseconds apart has been used as reference for the wavefront sensing.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1990
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1236, Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes IV, (1 July 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.19189
Show Author Affiliations
Fritz Merkle, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Gerard Rousset, ONERA (France)
Pierre Y. Kern, Observatoire de Paris and Univ. Paris 7 (France)
Jean-Paul Gaffard, Laserdot (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1236:
Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes IV
Lawrence D. Barr, Editor(s)

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