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Solar adaptive optics
Author(s): Thomas R. Rimmele
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Paper Abstract

High resolution observations of the Sun are of key importance in understanding fundamental astrophysical processes. Adaptive optics (AO) is an important tool that allows solar astronomers to achieve diffraction limited observations from existing ground based telescopes. AO is also a key technology required for a future 4m-class Advanced Solar Telescope (AST) that the international community of solar astronomers is planning to build. The history of the development of solar AO is reviewed and results from recent successful demonstrations of solar AO systems are presented. The main difference between solar AO and night time AO is the different, and more elaborate wavefront sensing technique that has to be applied in order to measure wavefront aberrations using solar granulation as a target. Different approaches to this problem are discussed. Multi-conjugate AO has been proposed as a technique to achieve diffraction limited resolution over a field-of-view (FOV) significantly larger than the isoplanatic patch. The Sun is an ideal object for the development and application of MCAO.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 July 2000
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 4007, Adaptive Optical Systems Technology, (7 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.390301
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Thomas R. Rimmele, National Solar Observatory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4007:
Adaptive Optical Systems Technology
Peter L. Wizinowich, Editor(s)

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