The UK has several activities in the area of active and adaptive optics that have an excellent crossover .with commercial applications. This article introduces some of the key areas of UK expertise - liquid crystal lenses, wavefront sensors and deformable mirrors - and shows how the need to develop these is closing the virtuous circle, with academic developments leading to commercial potential, and commercial development itself leading to enhancement in the instrumentation available for astronomy and space science. ronomy and space.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Astronomy and Geophysics|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 2003|