Adaptive optics and its potential for retinal imaging and enhanced vision
Professor Chris Dainty
Photonics Research Group
Imperial College London
25th April, 12.00pm, A401, Engineering
Adaptive optics was pioneered for imaging in astronomy. Using adaptive optics, the deleterious effects of atmospheric turbulence can be overcome for groundbased telescopes, giving them an angular resolution that exceeds that of the Hubble space telescope.
The eye has aberrations that prevent diffraction-limited images of the retina being normally obtained, and adaptive optics offers the possibility of overcoming these aberrations to reveal, for example, images of single cone photoreceptors. I shall describe our progress in this subject.
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