Accession Number : ADA513924


Title :   Revolutionary Imaging: Air Force Contributions to Laser Guide Star Adaptive Optics


Descriptive Note : Journal article


Corporate Author : AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB KIRTLAND AFB NM


Personal Author(s) : Duffner, Robert W


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a513924.pdf


Report Date : Dec 2008


Pagination or Media Count : 6


Abstract : Why was there so much commotion over the release of Fugate's guide star work? He and his Air Force colleagues had done something revolutionary--they had begun to conquer the age-old problem of atmospheric turbulence causing distortion in light waves. Distorted light waves produced blurred rather than razor-sharp images of objects in space. Fugate's laser guide star technique was a critical first step in the adaptive optics process that would eventually compensate distorted light by removing the effects of atmospheric turbulence, thus enabling high-resolution images. That was important to the military, which wanted to be able to take clear images of satellites, missiles, reentry vehicles, and space debris as part of its space situational awareness mission, and equally important to astronomers, who wanted ways to improve the image quality of planets, stars, galaxies, and other celestial bodies.


Descriptors :   *SPACE OBJECTS , *ADAPTIVE OPTICS , *IMAGES , ATMOSPHERIC MOTION , DISTORTION , LIGHT , AIR FORCE , REPRINTS , LASER APPLICATIONS


Subject Categories : Optics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE