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Solar adaptive optics at the National Solar Observatory
Author(s): Thomas R. Rimmele; Richard R. Radick
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Paper Abstract

The National Solar Observatory at Sacramento Peak is developing adaptive optics (AO) for solar astronomy. We are currently implementing a low order adaptive optics system that will correct approximately 20 Zernike modes. The system design permits future expansion future expansion to about 80 Zernike modes. We are using a correlating Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor. Since a point source is generally not available on the sun, wavefront tilts have to be derived by applying correlation techniques to images of extended objects, such as granulation, probes and sunspots.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 September 1998
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3353, Adaptive Optical System Technologies, (11 September 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.321734
Show Author Affiliations
Thomas R. Rimmele, National Solar Observatory (United States)
Richard R. Radick, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3353:
Adaptive Optical System Technologies
Domenico Bonaccini; Robert K. Tyson, Editor(s)

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