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Low-order adaptive optics experiment on 3.5-m telescope at the Starfire Optics Range
Author(s): David Charles Dayton; Steven C. Sandven; John D. Gonglewski; Samuel C. Rogers; Scot W. McDermott; Stephen L. Browne
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Paper Abstract

It has been demonstrated both with computer simulation and field experiments that low order adaptive optics can improve the signal to noise ration in subsequent computer post- processing algorithms, especially when viewing an extended object. In this presentation we show open and closed loop images of a meteorological satellite taken with a low order adaptive optics instrument package mounted on the side of the Air Force's 3.5 meter telescope. The images are subsequently post-processed using speckle algorithms. It is shown that the boost in post-processing signal to noise ratio, provided by the low order adaptive optics, closely corresponds to computer simulation results.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 September 1998
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3353, Adaptive Optical System Technologies, (11 September 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.321744
Show Author Affiliations
David Charles Dayton, Applied Technology Associates (United States)
Steven C. Sandven, Applied Technology Associates (United States)
John D. Gonglewski, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Samuel C. Rogers, Willow Systems Ltd. (United States)
Scot W. McDermott, Logicon R&D Associates (United States)
Stephen L. Browne, Optical Sciences Co. (United States)

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

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