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Free Space Optics

The free-space optics group develop tools and techniques to model, monitor and mitigate the Earth's atmospheric turbulence and its detrimental effect on applications such as laser communications, astronomy and satellite tracking.

Free-Space Optical Communications

Communicating using laser beams

Optical Turbulence Monitoring

Measuring the Earth's atmospheric optical turbulence
Photo of Durham SLODAR optical turbulence profiler instrument at the ESO Paranal observatory in Chile.

Optical Turbulence Forecasts

Forecasting the Earth's optical turbulence

Adaptive Optics

Mitigating the Earth's atmospheric optical turbulence
Green laser guide star above WHT telescope

Freeform optics

Freeform optics are optical elements with no particular axis of rotation or symmetry.
diamond machining