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Review of published adaptive optics science: a bright future for adaptive optics
Author(s): Laird Miller Close
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Paper Abstract

In this review, the current (July. 2002) refereed astronomy journals have been surveyed for all AO papers dealing with astronomical science. In the last 9 years, 144 refereed pure science AO papers in solar system, stellar, and extra-galactic astronomy were selected. Of these 144 papers, 28% have been published in the last 18 months. The vast majority of these papers (67%) utilize broad-band near infrared imaging (J, H & K'). More complex techniques (narrowband NIR imaging, L band imaging, AO spectroscopy (2D & 3D), polarimetry, coronography) are becoming robust AO techniques in the NIR (1-2.5 μm). Of less current published success is visible (0.5-1 μm) AO, due in part from the complex technical issues, and also in part from the stiff competition from HST. As well there appears to have been little AO science in the M band. Laser guide stars have surprisingly not yet matured to a point where they enhance the science capabilities of the telescopes that have them. Now that the latest generation of 6-10m AO systems (and their facility AO camera/spectrographs) are finishing the commissioning phases we should see further robust growth in AO science in the immediate future and well into the decade.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 February 2003
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 4834, Discoveries and Research Prospects from 6- to 10-Meter-Class Telescopes II, (13 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.460953
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Laird Miller Close, Steward Univ./Univ. of Arizona (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4834:
Discoveries and Research Prospects from 6- to 10-Meter-Class Telescopes II
Puragra Guhathakurta, Editor(s)

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