Multi-Conjugated Adaptive Optics Demonstrator (MAD)

Adaptive optics is a technique that uses one reference star to correct the blurring effect of the turbulence, restoring the sharpness of the images over a tiny patch around that star. With Multi-Conjugated Adaptive Optics, several stars are used (3 in the case of MAD) to compensate for the turbulence over a much larger field of view. MAD is the first instrument that achieved this goal. It has been installed on MELIPAL (UT3) for several missions over 2007 and 2008.

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ESO/H.H.Heyer

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Id:mad-7917
Type:Photographic
Release date:3 December 2009, 23:21
Size:4202 x 2802 px

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Name:MAD
Type:• Unspecified : Technology : Observatory : Instrument
• X - Paranal

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