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Adaptive Telescope Design Using Computer Tools
Author(s): Harold Levenstein; George E. Seibert
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Paper Abstract

Large-aperture lightweight space optics must be designed from first principles so as to compensate for a multitude of disturbing influences if they are to perform to approximate theoretical perfection during a long period of life. Active control of structures and active optical components such as deformable mirrors are vital when dynamic performance is an issue. This overview deals with a hypothetical (but not unreal) nominal system, handling disturbances, and adaptive optics. The 2.4-meter Hubble Space Telescope primary mirror is held up as an example of an active deformable mirror designed with the latest mathematical tools.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 October 1985
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 0550, Sensor Design Using Computer Tools II, (28 October 1985); doi: 10.1117/12.948854
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Harold Levenstein, Perkin-Elmer Corporation (United States)
George E. Seibert, Perkin-Elmer Corporation (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0550:
Sensor Design Using Computer Tools II
John A. Jamieson, Editor(s)

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