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Adaptive optics at Lawrence Livermore National Labratory
Author(s): Donald T. Gavel
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Paper Abstract

Adaptive optics enables high resolution imaging through the atmospheric by correcting for the turbulent air's aberrations to the light waves passing through it. The Lawrence Livermore National Labratory for a number of years has been at the forefront of applying adaptive optics technology to astronomy on the world's largest astronomical telescopes, in particular at the Keck 10-meter telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaii. The technology includes the development of high-speed electrically driven deformable mirrors, high-speed low-noise CCD sensors, and real-time wavefront reconstruction and control hardware. Adaptive optics finds applications in many other areas where light beams pass through aberrating media and must be corrected to maintain diffraction-limited performance. We describe systems and results in astronomy, medicine (vision science), and horizontal path imaging, all active programs in our group.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 June 2003
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 5001, Optical Engineering at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, (18 June 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.500364
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Donald T. Gavel, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5001:
Optical Engineering at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Theodore T. Saito; Monya A. Lane, Editor(s)

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