Ground-based imaging of extrasolar planets using adaptive optics

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Abstract

The detection of extrasolar planets by direct imaging presents an extraordinary technical challenge. They must be identified against background light scattered from a star close by and about a billion times brighter. It has been supposed that a near-perfect space telescope would be required to avoid atmospheric blurring. But by using adaptive optics operating at fundamental performance limits, the new generation of large ground-based telescopes has the potential to detect planets orbiting nearby stars.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)203-207
Number of pages5
JournalNature
Volume368
Issue number6468
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994

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