Adaptive Optics for Astronomical Telescopes

Adaptive Optics for Astronomical Telescopes

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This book by one of the leaders in adaptive optics covers the fundamental theory and then describes in detail how this technology can be applied to large ground-based telescopes to compensate for the effects of atmospheric turbulence. It includes information on basic adaptive optics components and technology, and has chapters devoted to atmospheric turbulence, optical image structure, laser beacons, and overall system design. The chapter on system design is particularly detailed and includes performance estimation and optimization. Combining a clear discussion of physical principles with numerous real-world examples, this book will be a valuable resource for all graduate students and researchers in astronomy and optics.This process would enable high-resolution information to be obtained even with relatively long exposures. ... of satellite images would be far more difficult than compensating stars, because of their rapid motion across the sky. As space objects traveling in low Earth orbits arc tracked by a telescope, their high angular velocity causes the atmospheric turbulence structure to move across the ... To achieve this speed. the wavefront would have to be measured at a rate about l0 times faster.

Title:Adaptive Optics for Astronomical Telescopes
Author:John W. Hardy
Publisher:Oxford University Press on Demand - 1998


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