Adaptive Optics for Astronomical Telescopes by John W. Hardy

Adaptive Optics for Astronomical Telescopes

byJohn W. Hardy

Hardcover | June 1, 1998

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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 componentsand 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 withnumerous real-world examples, this book will be a valuable resource for all graduate students and researchers in astronomy and optics.

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Title:Adaptive Optics for Astronomical TelescopesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 7.2 × 10 × 1.1 inPublished:June 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195090195

ISBN - 13:9780195090192

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1. The short, eventful history of adaptive optics2. Adaptive optics in astronomy3. Optical effects of atmospheric turbulence4. Optical image structure5. Optical wavefront sensors6. Wavefront correctors7. Laser beacons8. Wavefront reconstruction and control systems9. Adaptive optics performance analysis and optimization10. Astronomical adaptive optics programsAppendices

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"While any of the four [monographs available in the field of adaptive optics] is suitable for use in a graduate class in observational astronomy, by far the best of them is Adaptive Optics for Astronomical Telescopes, by John Hardy, a pioneer in adaptive optics who, as adaptive-optics projectleader at ITEK Corp, led the research and technology effort that culminated in the first operational military adaptive optics system in 1981. Hardy's book . . . would be an outstanding choice for a graduate class, because each topic is explained completely from basic principles to the ultimate levelof complexity. . . . Once one is immersed in the rhythm of the presentation, the book is a pleasure to read. The strengths of Hardy's work include his knowledge of the US military literature in this field and his even-handed presentation of the many competing technologies that contribute to anadaptive-optics system."--Physics Today