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Wavefront control of large optical systems
Author(s): Aden B. Meinel; Marjorie P. Meinel; James B. Breckinridge
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Paper Abstract

Several levels of wavefront control are necessary for the optimum performance of very large telescopes, especially segmented ones like the Large Deployable Reflector. In general, the major contributors to wavefront error are the segments of the large primary mirror. Wavefront control at the largest optical surface may not be the optimum choice because of the mass and inaccessibility of the elements of this surface that require upgrading. The concept of two-stage optics was developed to permit a poor wavefront from the large optics to be upgraded by means of a wavefront corrector at a small exit pupil of the system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 1990
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1271, Adaptive Optics and Optical Structures, (1 August 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.20406
Show Author Affiliations
Aden B. Meinel, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Marjorie P. Meinel, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
James B. Breckinridge, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1271:
Adaptive Optics and Optical Structures
Joachim J. Schulte-in-den-Baeumen; Robert K. Tyson, Editor(s)

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