APPLICATIONS OF THE SEQUENTIAL LIGHT AMPLIFIER TO ASTRONOMY AND RELATED PROBLEMS,
AEROSPACE RESEARCH LABS WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO
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The recording speed of a well-built sequential light amplifier is determined by comparison with photographic films and found to be about 10 to the 7th power ASA. Therefore, for the next favorable opposition of Mars, exposure times of one milli-second become possible for pictures in color or in a narrow spectral region delta lambda 100A when using a 200 inch telescope. The light amplifier permits contrast enhancement in the pictures and the short exposure times should yield sharper pictures, since the effect of changes in the diffraction of the air may, to a large extent, be avoided in this way. It is calculated that the absolute theoretical limit of the sequential light amplifier as determined by quantum mechanics by using a 50 inch telescope outside the earths atmosphere and one hour exposure time is about 32nd apparent magnitude.