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Review of published galactic and solar system science: a bright future for adaptive optics science
Author(s): Laird Miller Close
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Paper Abstract

In this review, the current (Feb. 2000) refereed astronomy journals have been surveyed for all AO papers dealing with galactic or solar system astronomy. In the last 6 years, 61 refereed pure science AO papers in solar system and galactic astronomy were selected. Of these 61 papers, 41% have been published in the last 14 months. The vast majority of these papers (63%) utilize broad-band near infrared imaging (J, H & K'). More complex techniques (L band imaging, AO spectroscopy (2D & 3D), polarimetry, coronography) are becoming robust AO techniques in the IR. Of less current published success is visible AO, due in part from the complex technical issues, and also in part from the stiff competition from HST. As well there appears to have been little AO science in the M band. As the latest generation of 6 - 10 m AO systems (and their facility AO cameras/spectrographs) come on-line we should see further robust growth in AO galactic and solar system IR science well into the next decade.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 July 2000
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 4007, Adaptive Optical Systems Technology, (7 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.390371
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Laird Miller Close, European Southern Observatory (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4007:
Adaptive Optical Systems Technology
Peter L. Wizinowich, Editor(s)

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