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Filled aperture telescopes in the next millennium
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Paper Abstract

The adaptive optics techniques currently under development for telescopic mirrors of 8-m aperture class are presently projected to serve as the bases for mirrors of the order of 32-m diameter, in virtue of the rapid increase in the sensitivity advantage of diffraction-limited imaging with increasing aperture size. If the technology of atmospheric wavefront error sensing by means of artificial starlight is perfected, diffraction-limited imaging will be possible over the entire sky at even optical wavelengths. The corresponding resolution of 0.004 arcsec, in conjunction with the light-gathering power of a 32-m aperture, will constitute a milestone advancement for astronomical research prospects.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1990
PDF: 2 pages
Proc. SPIE 1236, Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes IV, (1 July 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.19194
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James Roger P. Angel, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)


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

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