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A High-Resolution View of the Universe

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Adaptive optics on the Giant Magellan Telescope sense optical aberrations caused by atmospheric turbulence and correct them in real time using a deformable mirror.

ANTONIN BOUCHEZ, GIANT MAGELLAN TELESCOPE ORGANIZATION (GMTO CORP.)

Under ideal circumstances, the resolution of an optical system is limited by the diffraction of light waves. This diffraction limit, the maximum resolution a telescope can achieve, improves linearly with the telescope’s aperture. However, the view of the universe provided by ground-based...Read full article

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