A Broadening Vision for Adaptive Optics

Lynn Savage

Traditionally, adaptive optics has been used to improve telescope optics. However, wavefront correction techniques have also given researchers novel ways of exploring human vision and enhancing microscopy techniques.



Stars twinkle, and so, too, do eyes. What we perceive as a twinkling star is light that has been distorted while passing through an atmosphere full of turbulent gases. The optics of the eye on the other end of the telescope can also contribute to the twinkling effect. Adaptive optics (AO) can be used to address both of these aberrations.

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