9780521612142

Adaptive Optics in Astronomy

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521612142

  • ISBN10:

    0521612144

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-11-11
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

Adaptive optics is a powerful new technique used to sharpen telescope images blurred by the Earths atmosphere. This authoritative book is the first dedicated to the use of adaptive optics in astronomy. Mainly developed for defence applications, the technique of adaptive optics has only recently been introduced in astronomy. Already it has allowed ground-based telescopes to produce images with sharpness rivalling those from the Hubble Space Telescope. The technique is expected to revolutionise the future of ground-based optical astronomy. Written by an international team of experts who have pioneered the development of the field, this timely volume provides both a rigorous introduction to the technique and a comprehensive review of current and future systems. It is set to become the standard reference for graduate students, researchers and optical engineers in astronomy and other areas of science where adaptive optics is finding exciting new applications.

Table of Contents

List of contributors
vii
Part one: Introductory background
1(22)
Historical context
3(6)
F. Roddier
Imaging through the atmosphere
9(14)
F. Roddier
Part two: The design of an adaptive optics system
23(146)
Theoretical aspects
25(32)
F. Roddier
Wave-front compensation devices
57(34)
M. Sechaud
Wave-front sensors
91(40)
G. Rousset
Control techniques
131(24)
P.-Y. Madec
Performance estimation and system modeling
155(14)
M. Northcott
Part three: Adaptive optics with natural guide stars
169(84)
The Come-on/Adonis systems
171(34)
G. Rousset
J.-L. Beuzit
The UH-CFHT systems
205(30)
F. Roddier
F. Rigaut
Adaptive optics in solar astronomy
235(18)
J. Beckers
Part four: Adaptive optics with laser beacons
253(96)
Overview of adaptive optics with laser beacons
255(16)
D. Sandler
The design of laser beacon AO systems
271(60)
D. Sandler
Laser beacon adaptive optics systems
331(18)
D. Sandler
Part five: The impact of adaptive optics in astronomy
349(54)
Observing with adaptive optics
351(20)
P. Lena
O. Lai
Astronomical results
371(28)
P. Lena
O. Lai
Future expectations
399(4)
F. Roddier
Glossary of acronyms 403(4)
Index 407

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