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Smart optics means much more than adaptive optics on telescopes: these new technologies are changing the way space instruments are built and operated and are bringing new technologies into everyday life in the form of cheaper, lighter and more robust optical systems. Steve Welch, Peter Doel, Alan Greenaway and Gordon Love summarize the work of the Smart Optics Faraday Partnership in the UK.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: ( ) is an associate director of the Smart Optics Faraday Partnership, Mullard Space Science Laboratory., Email: 2: ( ) is Professor at the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University and is Principal Investigator on the OMAM project., Email: 3: ( ) is Head of Adaptive Optics at the Optical Science Laboratory, UCL and Principal Investigator on a PPARC-funded project developing a carbon-fibre deformable mirror., Email: 4: ( ) is a lecturer in the Astronomical Instrumentation Group at the University of Durham, and Principal Investigator on a PPARC and EPSRC project developing a liquid-crystal lens system for space use., Email:

Publication date: 2003-02-01

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