NewsFRONTIERS IN OPTICS

Technique for Unblurring the Stars Comes of Age

Science  19 Nov 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5444, pp. 1504-1506
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5444.1504

You are currently viewing the summary.

View Full Text

Via your Institution

Log in through your institution

Log in through your institution


Summary

Astronomers are undoing the effects of atmospheric turbulence with adaptive optics, a technology that measures the changing distortions in light waves and compensates for them by flexing a deformable mirror in the light path. The technique is expanding its reach to fainter stars and larger swaths of sky and could ultimately allow ground-based telescopes to disregard the atmosphere. The results are already starting to make headlines in the scientific literature.

Related Content