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Adaptive optics for the Magdalena Ridge Observatory
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Paper Abstract

Long-baseline optical interferometers have become useful tools for obtaining detailed stellar information and high-resolution images in the astronomy community. Several interferometric systems have been implemented successfully without adaptive optics; however, adaptive optical systems may be needed for a new generation of long-baseline interferometers with large telescopes such as those being developed for the Magdalena Ridge Observatory (MRO). This paper introduces the design trade-offs used to investigate the need for adaptive optics for a long-baseline optical interferometer operating in the turbulent atmosphere. Modeling techniques are combined with analytical equations to study the performance of a long-baseline optical interferometer with and without adaptive optics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 February 2004
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 5237, Optics in Atmospheric Propagation and Adaptive Systems VI, (6 February 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.512014
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Michael K. Giles, New Mexico State Univ. (United States)
Chueh Ting, New Mexico State Univ. (United States)
David G. Voelz, New Mexico State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5237:
Optics in Atmospheric Propagation and Adaptive Systems VI
John D. Gonglewski; Karin Stein, Editor(s)

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