6 February 2004 Adaptive optics for the Magdalena Ridge Observatory
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Abstract
Long-baseline optical interferometers have become useful tools for obtaining detailed stellar information and high-resolution images in the astronomy community. Several interferometric systems have been implemented successfully without adaptive optics; however, adaptive optical systems may be needed for a new generation of long-baseline interferometers with large telescopes such as those being developed for the Magdalena Ridge Observatory (MRO). This paper introduces the design trade-offs used to investigate the need for adaptive optics for a long-baseline optical interferometer operating in the turbulent atmosphere. Modeling techniques are combined with analytical equations to study the performance of a long-baseline optical interferometer with and without adaptive optics.
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Michael K. Giles, Michael K. Giles, Chueh Ting, Chueh Ting, David G. Voelz, David G. Voelz, } "Adaptive optics for the Magdalena Ridge Observatory", Proc. SPIE 5237, Optics in Atmospheric Propagation and Adaptive Systems VI, (6 February 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.512014; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.512014
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