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By François Roddier

Adaptive optics is a strong new process used to sharpen telescope photos blurred by way of the Earth's surroundings. This authoritative e-book is the 1st devoted to using adaptive optics in astronomy. regularly built for defence purposes, the means of adaptive optics has only in the near past been brought in astronomy. Already it has allowed ground-based telescopes to supply photographs with sharpness rivalling these from the Hubble area Telescope. The approach is predicted to revolutionise the way forward for ground-based optical astronomy. Written through a global workforce of specialists who've pioneered the improvement of the sphere, this well timed quantity offers either a rigorous advent to the method and a complete assessment of present and destiny structures. it truly is set to turn into the traditional reference for graduate scholars, researchers and optical engineers in astronomy and different components of technology the place adaptive optics is discovering interesting new purposes.

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