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What can we teach using adaptive optics?

Paper Abstract

Adaptive optics (AO) is a powerful technique to sharpen images that are blurred for example due to atmospheric turbulence or aberrations of the eye. Originally developed for defense applications over a period of 40 years or so, they have found enormous applications in the astronomical and vision research communities. This paper provides an overview of adaptive optics techniques. Using principles of AO, it is possible to develop a laboratory that teaches various optics concepts, including aberration theory, at many levels. In addition, AO can teach students some fundamentals of control theory.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 July 2014
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9289, 12th Education and Training in Optics and Photonics Conference, 928906 (17 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2070278
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Vasudevan Lakshminarayanan, Univ. of Waterloo (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9289:
12th Education and Training in Optics and Photonics Conference
Manuel F. P. C. Martins Costa; Mourad Zghal, Editor(s)

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