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Adaptive optics
Author(s): Fritz Merkle
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Paper Abstract

The image quality degradation due to atmospheric turbulence is one of the main limitations for imaging, laser propagation, communication, and metrology in the atmosphere. Adaptive optics is a technology to overcome these problems by real-time phase compensation. the main components exist for systems such as wavefront correctors, wavefront sensors, and dedicated computers, and have been successfully tested. This article describes the principles of adaptive optics and demonstrates the potential of adaptive optics for applications in astronomical imaging, including some first results. The image quality that can be expected from adaptive optics and requirements for its application are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 1993
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 2088, Laser Dimensional Metrology: Recent Advances for Industrial Application, (1 February 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.168076
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Fritz Merkle, Carl Zeiss Jena GmbH (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2088:
Laser Dimensional Metrology: Recent Advances for Industrial Application
Michael J. Downs, Editor(s)

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