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Performance simulation of a low-order adaptive optics experiment
Author(s): David Charles Dayton; Steven C. Sandven; John D. Gonglewski
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Paper Abstract

Adaptive optics has been studied for several years as a method to overcome the effects of atmospheric turbulence on ground based astronomy. It is often assumed that full order correction, with one or more actuators per r0, is necessary to achieve any performance improvement in imaging quality with the AO system. Recently it has been shown, both with theoretical analysis and experimental measurements, that even low order adaptive optics (LOAO) can provide image improvements especially when used in conjunction with some sort of computer post processing. In a previous paper we described simulations and experimental results of a LOAO experiment using 25 actuators across a 1.5 meter telescope. In this paper we present performance simulations for a planned experiment with a 163 actuator deformable mirror placed at the pupil of the 3.5 meter telescope at the Phillips Laboratory Starfire Optical Range at Kirtland Air Force Base.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 December 1995
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 2580, Optics in Atmospheric Propagation and Adaptive Systems, (15 December 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.228486
Show Author Affiliations
David Charles Dayton, Applied Technology Associates, Inc. (United States)
Steven C. Sandven, Applied Technology Associates, Inc. (United States)
John D. Gonglewski, Air Force Phillips Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2580:
Optics in Atmospheric Propagation and Adaptive Systems
Anton Kohnle, Editor(s)

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