Lighter Side of Adaptive Optics
Robert K. Tyson, "Lighter Side of Adaptive Optics"
2009 | ISBN-10: 0819475610 | 110 pages | PDF | 7 MB

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 brings a difficult scientific topic to its knees. The 'why' and 'how' of adaptive optics has never been more enjoyable.


-Love is in the Air
-The Atmosphere Has Gas
-Adaptive Optics Systems and Some Cool Things about Light Beams
-Clever Wavefront Sensors
-Laser Guide Stars, the Beacons in the Night
-Mirrors that Get Bent Out of Shape
-Computers That Shouldn't Crash
-Other Ways to Do It
-Putting the System Together
-Getting the Blasted Thing to Work Right or Even Work at All
-Fun with Shining Lasers into Your Eyes
-A Happy Ending
-Backword: The Leslie B. Smythe Story
-Bibliography (Some other books about adaptive optics that aren't nearly as funny as this one)


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