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Adaptive optics prototype system for IR astronomy: II. First observing results
Author(s): Pierre Y. Kern; Francois J. Rigaut; Pierre J. Lena; Fritz Merkle; Gerard Rousset
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Paper Abstract

Observational results obtained at a 1.52-m telescope in the near-infrared wavelength range of 1.6-5 micron with the use of an adaptive-optics prototype system are reviewed. The purpose of the experiment is to evaluate the correction performance of adaptive optics under actual turbulence conditions at an astronomical site. The observations demonstrate that the full gain in resolution can be obtained. A significant gain in sensitivity is observed, and it is shown that a considerable improvement in signal-to-noise ratio can be achieved due to the bright maximum of sharpened images in all cases where the signal-to-noise ratio is set by background or detector noise.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 1990
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1237, Amplitude and Intensity Spatial Interferometry, (1 August 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.19306
Show Author Affiliations
Pierre Y. Kern, Observatoire de Paris and Univ. de Paris 7 (France)
Francois J. Rigaut, Observatoire de Paris and Univ. de Paris 7 (United States)
Pierre J. Lena, Observatoire de Paris and Univ. de Paris 7 (France)
Fritz Merkle, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Gerard Rousset, ONERA (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1237:
Amplitude and Intensity Spatial Interferometry
James B. Breckinridge, Editor(s)

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