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Special Section on Imaging Through the Atmosphere

Demonstration of portable solar adaptive optics system

[+] Author Affiliations
Deqing Ren

California State University Northridge, Physics and Astronomy Department, 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, California 91330

Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics & Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, National Astronomical Observatories

Key Laboratory of Astronomical Optics & Technology, Nanjing 210042, China

Bing Dong

California State University Northridge, Physics and Astronomy Department, 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, California 91330

Opt. Eng. 51(10), 101705 (May 22, 2012). doi:10.1117/1.OE.51.10.101705
History: Received November 3, 2011; Revised January 10, 2012; Accepted January 24, 2012
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Abstract.  Solar-adaptive optics (AO) are more challenging than night-time AO, in some aspects. A portable solar adaptive optics (PSAO) system featuring compact physical size, low cost, and good performance has been proposed and developed. PSAO can serve as a visiting instrument for any existing ground-based solar telescope to improve solar image quality by replacing just a few optical components. High-level programming language, LabVIEW, is used to develop the wavefront sensing and control software, and general purpose computers are used to drive the whole system. During October 2011, the feasibility and good performance of PSAO was demonstrated with the 61-cm solar telescope at San Fernando Observatory. The image contrast and resolution are noticeably improved after AO correction.

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Deqing Ren and Bing Dong
"Demonstration of portable solar adaptive optics system", Opt. Eng. 51(10), 101705 (May 22, 2012). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.OE.51.10.101705


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