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Adaptive Optics in Astronomy

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Jacques M. Beckers, Pierre Léna, Olivier Lai, Pierre-Yves Madec, Gérard Rousset, Marc Séchaud, Malcolm J. Northcott, François Roddier, Jean-Luc Beuzit, François Rigaut, David G. Sandler
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  • Date Published: November 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521612142

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  • Adaptive optics is a powerful new technique used to sharpen telescope images blurred by the Earth's 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.

    • Adaptive optics is set to revolutionise the future of ground-based optical astronomy - this is the first book dedicated to the subject and is set to become the standard reference
    • Written by a team of world leaders who have pioneered the development of the field
    • Provides a rigorous introduction to the technique and reviews current and future systems
    • Of key interest to optical engineers and scientists in other fields in which adaptive optics is finding exciting new applications
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    'Highly recommended for astronomical libraries and for anyone serious about using AO systems in future.' Paul O'Brien, The Observatory

    'This new and expanded edition of what has become an established classic in the range of books on optics is most welcome … provides a much needed reference work … treatment of the subject is thorough and the reader is provided with an excellent review of a topic that has great relevance for the future of astronomy … thoroughly recommended to all who have an interest in the design of optical systems for remote viewing.' Grant H. Thomson, The Imaging Science Journal

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521612142
    • length: 420 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 189 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.75kg
    • contains: 131 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introductory Background:
    1. Historical context F. Roddier
    2. Imaging through the atmosphere F. Roddier
    Part II. The Design of an Adaptive Optics System:
    3. Theoretical aspects F. Roddier
    4. Wave-front compensation devices M. Séchaud
    5. Wave-front sensors G. Rousset
    6. Control techniques P.-Y. Madec
    7. Performance estimation and system modeling M. Northcott
    Part III. Adaptive Optics with Natural Guide Stars:
    8. The COME-ON/ADONIS systems G. Rousset and J.-L. Beuzit
    9. The UH-CFHT systems F. Roddier and F. Rigaut
    10. Adaptive optics in solar astronomy J. Beckers
    Part IV. Adaptive Optics with Laser Beacons:
    11. Overview of adaptive optics with laser beacons D. Sandler
    12. The design of laser beacon AO systems D. Sandler
    13. Laser beacon adaptive optics systems D. Sandler
    Part V. The Impact of Adaptive Optics in Astronomy:
    14. Observing with adaptive optics P. Léna and O. Lai
    15. Astronomical results P. Léna and O. Lai
    16. Future expectations F. Roddier
    Index.

  • Editor

    François Roddier, University of Hawaii, Manoa

    Contributors

    Jacques M. Beckers, Pierre Léna, Olivier Lai, Pierre-Yves Madec, Gérard Rousset, Marc Séchaud, Malcolm J. Northcott, François Roddier, Jean-Luc Beuzit, François Rigaut, David G. Sandler

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