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

For the first time in ground-based astronomy, diffraction-limited imaging through atmospheric turbulence has been achieved in real time by adaptive optics in the infrared wavelengths range. This paper presents the first results and a short analysis, which demonstrate the considerable gain in resolution and sensitivity by the application of this technique. Single stars, close binary stars, and a satellite have been resolved. In one cases an other star several arcseconds apart has been used as reference for the wavefront sensing.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 1990
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1271, Adaptive Optics and Optical Structures, (1 August 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.20410
Show Author Affiliations
Fritz Merkle, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Pierre Y. Kern, Observatoire de Paris (France)
Univ. Paris 7 (France)
Francois J. Rigaut, Observatoire de Paris (France)
Univ. Paris 7 (France)
Pierre J. Lena, Observatoire de Paris (France)
Univ. Paris 7 (France)
Gerard Rousset, ONERA (France)


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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