Special Issue "Recent Advances and Applications of Adaptive Optics"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Optics and Lasers".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 November 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Vadim Samarkin
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Guest Editor
Institute of Geosphere Dynamics, Russian Academy of Sciences, 119334 Moscow, Russia
Interests: adaptive optics; laser mirrors; aberrations; atmospheric light propagation; laser beam applications; optical distortion; optical focusing; optical modulation; wavefront sensors; optical control

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Adaptive optics as a field of modern science began in the early 1950s after the publication of pioneer articles by astrophysicists Babcock and Linnik. Until the 1980s, it was in demand by astronomers and military personnel to compensate for the aberrations of laser radiation passed through the turbulent atmosphere. However, due to the development of laser technology and its widespread introduction in the industry, the first works on the application of methods and systems for controlling the wavefront phase in lasers of various types appeared. At the same time, with the development of the physics and technology of laser complexes of terawatt and petawatt intensity levels, it became necessary to use deformable mirrors to improve the focusability of the light radiation on various targets. In the 1990s, papers were published on the use of adaptive optics devices for diagnosing aberrations of the human eye, as well as obtaining a diffraction image of the retina. Thus, adaptive optics has become one of the tools of modern medicine. Finally, in the 2000s, adaptive optics was introduced into microscopy to sharpen images obtained through living tissue (biological direction). There is now a certain renaissance of interest in the propagation of radiation through a turbulent medium, especially along horizontal paths. This is due to the development of optical communication systems, including quantum communication. For almost 70 years, adaptive optics has grown from a small, primarily theoretical, task of controlling the phase of light beams to a major area of modern science, which is at the intersection of scientific and applied problems in optics, atmospheric physics, electronics, laser physics, as well as biology and medicine.

In this Special Issue, we aim to provide a selection of original research articles, reviews, and perspectives reporting the latest advancements in the research of adaptive optics and their applications.

Dr. Vadim Samarkin
Guest Editor

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  • adaptive optics
  • atmospheric turbulence
  • deformable mirror
  • wavefront corrector
  • wavefront sensor
  • laser beam correction
  • eye aberrations and ophthalmology
  • image sharpening in microscopy
  • free space optics
  • imagine through turbulence
  • energy transfer through turbulence

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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