Astronomical Optics and Elasticity Theory

Active Optics Methods

  • Gérard René Lemaitre

Part of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Library book series (AAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
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  3. Gérard René Lemaitre
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  5. Gérard René Lemaitre
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  6. Gérard René Lemaitre
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 525-575

About this book


Astronomical Optics and Elasticity Theory provides a very thorough and comprehensive account of what is known in this field. After an extensive introduction to optics and elasticity, the book discusses variable curvature and multimode deformable mirrors, as well as, in depth, active optics, its theory and applications. Further, optical design utilizing the Schmidt concept and various types of Schmidt correctors, as well as the elasticity theory of thin plates and shells are elaborated upon. Several active optics methods are developed for obtaining aberration corrected diffraction gratings. Further, a weakly conical shell theory of elasticity is elaborated for the aspherization of grazing incidence telescope mirrors.

The very didactic and fairly easy-to-read presentation of the topic will enable PhD students and young researchers to actively participate in challenging astronomical optics and instrumentation projects.


Active Mirrors Active Optics Aspherical Grating Deformable Mirrors Elasticity Theory Telescope Mirrors Telescope Optics Variable Curvature Mirror X-Ray Telescopes Zoom Mirror design diffraction optics

Authors and affiliations

  • Gérard René Lemaitre
    • 1
  1. 1.Technopôle Château GombertObservatoire Astronomique Marseille Provence (OAMP)Marseille CX 13France

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-68904-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-68905-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0941-7834
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