adaptive optics


the branch of optics that compensates for image distortions, especially by means of flexible mirrors or membranes.

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  4. adaptive behavior scale,
  5. adaptive hypertrophy,
  6. adaptive radiation,
  7. adaptogen,
  8. adaptogenic,
  9. adaptometer,
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British Dictionary definitions for adaptive optics

adaptive optics

noun (functioning as singular)

a technique used to increase the resolution of a ground-based astronomical telescope by counteracting the effects of the atmosphere on the image. A deforming mirror in the light path of the telescope maintains a pointlike image of the celestial body using either a real star or a laser beam as a reference
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