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Lighter Side of Adaptive Optics.

Author: Robert K Tyson
Publisher: Bellingham : SPIE, 2009.
Series: SPIE Press Monograph.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Adaptive optics has been under development for well over 40 years. It is an indisputable necessity for all major ground-based astronomical telescopes and is the foundation for laser and wavefront sensor design. Lighter Side of Adaptive Optics is a nontechnical explanation of optics, the atmosphere, and the technology for "untwinkling" the stars. While interweaving a fictional romantic relationship as an analogy to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Humor
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Tyson, Robert K.
Lighter Side of Adaptive Optics.
Bellingham : SPIE, ©2009
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Robert K Tyson
ISBN: 9780819491145 0819491144
OCLC Number: 787842624
Description: 1 online resource (122 pages).
Contents: Foreword --
1. Love is in the air --
2. The atmosphere has gas --
3. Adaptive optics systems and some cool things about light beams --
4. Clever wavefront sensors --
5. Laser guide stars, the beacons in the night --
6. Mirrors that get bent out of shape --
7. Computers that shouldn't crash --
8. Other ways to do it --
9. Putting the system together --
10. Getting the blasted thing to work right or even work at all --
11. Fun with shining lasers into your eyes --
12. A happy ending --
Bibliography (Some other books about adaptive optics that aren't nearly as funny as this one) --
Index.
Series Title: SPIE Press Monograph.

Abstract:

Adaptive optics has been under development for well over 40 years. It is an indisputable necessity for all major ground-based astronomical telescopes and is the foundation for laser and wavefront sensor design. Lighter Side of Adaptive Optics is a nontechnical explanation of optics, the atmosphere, and the technology for "untwinkling" the stars. While interweaving a fictional romantic relationship as an analogy to adaptive optics, and inserting satire, humor, and philosophical rants, Tyson makes a difficult scientific topic understandable. The "why" and "how" of a.

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