Solar adaptive optics: A progress report

T. Rimmele, K. Richards, S. Hegwer, D. Ren, S. Fletcher, S. Gregory, L. Didkovsky, C. Denker, W. Marquette, J. Marino, Philip Goode

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We present a progress report of the solar adaptive optics (AO) development program at the National Solar Observatory (NSO) and the Big Bear Solar Observatory (BBSO). Examples of diffraction-limited observations obtained with the NSO low-order solar adaptive optics system at the Dunn Solar Telescope (DST) are presented. The design of the high order adaptive optics systems that will be deployed at the DST and the BBSO is discussed. The high order systems will provide diffraction-limited observations of the Sun in median seeing conditions at both sites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)635-646
Number of pages12
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002
EventAdaptive Optical System Technologies II - Waikoloa, HI, United States
Duration: Aug 22 2002Aug 26 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications


  • Extended source wavefront sensing
  • Solar adaptive optics

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Rimmele, T., Richards, K., Hegwer, S., Ren, D., Fletcher, S., Gregory, S., Didkovsky, L., Denker, C., Marquette, W., Marino, J., & Goode, P. (2002). Solar adaptive optics: A progress report. Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, 4839(2), 635-646.