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Adaptive Optics For The European Very Large Telescope (VLT)
Author(s): Fritz Merkle
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Paper Abstract

The linear array concept for ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) project opens the possibility of observations with very high angular resolution. Realistic target for an interferometric operation is the infrared range from 5 to 20μm and later a gradual expansion to shorter wavelengths. In the interferometric mode the gain of the 8-meter diameter single apertures of the VLT is only given if adaptive optics is applied for a real-time partial or full phase compensation of the degradations due to atmospheric turbulences.

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Date Published: 18 May 1987
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 0702, International Topical Meeting on Image Detection and Quality, (18 May 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.966770
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Fritz Merkle, European Southern Observatory (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0702:
International Topical Meeting on Image Detection and Quality
Lucien F. Guyot, Editor(s)

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