Adaptive Optics Methods, Technologies, Applications, and Results
To quote Lord Kelvin, “…when you cannot measure it … your knowledge is of a meagre and unsatisfactory kind…” (W. Thomson, 1883). Adaptive optics is all about measuring and then satisfactorily correcting dynamic optical wavefront aberration in real time to a small fraction of a wavelength of light. In this presentation, Dr. Michael Hart will describe the basic principles of AO and touch on the range of hardware available to implement the technique. Many varied applications can take advantage of AO; characterizing extra-solar planets, for example, and enhancing yield in a nuclear fusion reactor. Dr. Hart will discuss its use for high resolution imaging in astronomy and space domain awareness for national security, and to improve link robustness and transmission rate in free-space optical communications. Finally, he will show some recent results from HartSCI’s new product line of commercial AO systems.
Sponsored by: Michael Hart, HartSCI