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Paper Abstract

Adaptive optics systems are commonly added onto conventional astronomical telescopes to improve the wavefront quality in the presence of atmospheric turbulence. Recent successes in the development of carbon fiber reinforced polymer telescopes have significantly reduced the weight of meter class telescopes making them portable, however, most adaptive optics systems continue to be constructed on large optical benches. The Navy Prototype Optical Interferometer is developing several 1.4 m portable telescope with internal wavefront correction. As part of this upgrade, a prototype 0.4 m aperture telescope has been constructed and a light weight, compact adaptive optics system is being developed. We present in this paper the design of an adaptive optics system for the lightweight telescope. The key to this system is the incorporation of a compact wavefront correction device and a novel collimation optic within the base of the telescope.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 August 2006
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6306, Advanced Wavefront Control: Methods, Devices, and Applications IV, 630609 (29 August 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.682103
Show Author Affiliations
Scott W. Teare, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (United States)
Ty Martinez, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Jonathan R. Andrews, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Christopher C. Wilcox, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Sergio R. Restaino, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Robert Romeo, Composite Mirror Applications (United States)
Robert Martin, Composite Mirror Applications (United States)
Don M. Payne, Narrascape, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6306:
Advanced Wavefront Control: Methods, Devices, and Applications IV
Michael K. Giles; John D. Gonglewski; Richard A. Carreras, Editor(s)

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