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A Survey Of Present Efforts In Astronomical Adaptive Optics
Author(s): Jacques M. Beckers; Fritz Merkle
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Paper Abstract

Astronomical adaptive optics improves the angular resolution of both solar and stellar telescopes. In addition to giving astronomers the ability to resolve the objects under study better, adaptive optics will : (i) enhance the contrast of pointlike sources against the sky and telescope (thermal) background, (ii) increase the spectroscopic resolution of most spectrographs, and (iii) improve the sensitivity of optical interferometers. We review the status of a number of efforts underway at various observatories around the world to implement adaptive optics on both large solar and stellar telescopes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 September 1989
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 1130, New Technologies for Astronomy, (26 September 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.961500
Show Author Affiliations
Jacques M. Beckers, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Fritz Merkle, European Southern Observatory (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1130:
New Technologies for Astronomy
Jean-Pierre Swings, Editor(s)

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