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  • Vol. 27, Iss. 8 — Apr. 15, 1988
  • pp: 1615–1620

Quantitative simulation of image correction for astronomy with a segmented active mirror

Robert C. Smithson, Michal L. Peri, and Robert S. Benson  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 27, Issue 8, pp. 1615-1620 (1988)

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Correction by active mirror systems of image distortion due to atmospheric turbulence promises to improve the quality of ground-based astronomical observations. Although the ideal of fully correcting average-to-poor seeing to the diffraction limit of a large telescope cannot be easily realized with current technology, it has been demonstrated that partial correction of severe seeing disturbances can significantly improve image resolution. This paper describes a computer simulation of partial seeing correction by the Lockheed Active Mirror. Quantitative evaluation of the effects of partial correction on simulated wavefronts indicates that, even with a modest number of mirror actuators, one can achieve a diffraction-limited image superimposed on a background of scattered light.

© 1988 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: August 24, 1987
Published: April 15, 1988

Robert C. Smithson, Michal L. Peri, and Robert S. Benson, "Quantitative simulation of image correction for astronomy with a segmented active mirror," Appl. Opt. 27, 1615-1620 (1988)

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