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Improvements in optical telescope performance through adaptive optics: results from the National Solar Observatory prototype adaptive optics system
Author(s): Steve P. Doinidis; Wiley E. Thompson
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Paper Abstract

Earth-based telescopes are limited in their performance primarily by aberrations introduced to the light by the atmosphere. This problem can be compensated for by the introduction of an adaptive optics (AO) system, and at the National Solar Observatory at Sunspot, New Mexico, work has been underway to develop a real time (100 - 300 Hz) AO system to work in concert with a number of major instruments at the Vacuum Tower Telescope. A prototype system sharing many components of the final system has been assembled and tested, and preliminary tests of this system suggest that it may be suitable for actual use as a correcting element in situations where small, low-order optical aberrations are present. The prototype system and its performance are presented here.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 July 1995
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 2484, Signal Processing, Sensor Fusion, and Target Recognition IV, (5 July 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.213063
Show Author Affiliations
Steve P. Doinidis, National Solar Observatory (United States)
Wiley E. Thompson, New Mexico State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2484:
Signal Processing, Sensor Fusion, and Target Recognition IV
Ivan Kadar; Vibeke Libby, Editor(s)

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