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7 December 1998 Adaptive optics on a shoe string
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There are two main ways to mitigate the effects of atmospheric turbulence on an imaging system. A post factor approach, where data are opportunely acquired and processed in order to increase the overall resolution attainable by the optical system, speckle imaging is an example of such technique. The other approach is to use an adaptive optics system that will compensate for atmospheric effects before the data are recorded. Of course, the situation is not sharply distinct. Hybrid approaches have been proposed and demonstrated. Other approaches that are a mid-way between the two are also possible. The basic idea of static and dynamic pupil masking will be presented. Experimental results based on point sources and extended objects will be presented. Advantages and limitations of such technique will be discussed. Finally some new ideas involving fiber optics and liquid crystals will be presented.
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Sergio R. Restaino and Don M. Payne "Adaptive optics on a shoe string", Proc. SPIE 3494, Atmospheric Propagation, Adaptive Systems, and Lidar Techniques for Remote Sensing II, (7 December 1998);

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