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Field tests of the Wavefront Control Experiment
Author(s): Walter J. Wild; Edward J. Kibblewhite; Fang Shi; Barbara Carter; Gary Kelderhouse; Rodolphe Vuilleumier; Herbert L. Manning
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Paper Abstract

The Wavefront Control Experiment is a high temporal bandwidth visible wavelength adaptive optics system on loan at the University of Chicago by the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization for astronomical research. In the last year numerous laboratory tests have been conducted with the WCE. The system will soon be installed in a coude laboratory associated with a Ritchey-Cretien 40' telescope at Yerkes Observatory. A brief overview is given of the WCE system, our recent laboratory tests with different matrix reconstructors, the 40' telescope and coude beam optics, and future plans for the instrument. Our scientific plans for the WCE include monitoring the atmosphere of Jupiter prior to and after the projected impact by comet Shoemaker-Levy in July 1994, and to implement a long term program to do high resolution single-mode fiber feed spectroscopy for asteroseismology and extra-solar planetary detection, via radial velocity determinations, of bright stars.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 May 1994
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 2201, Adaptive Optics in Astronomy, (31 May 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.176024
Show Author Affiliations
Walter J. Wild, Univ. of Chicago (United States)
Edward J. Kibblewhite, Univ. of Chicago (United States)
Fang Shi, Univ. of Chicago (United States)
Barbara Carter, Univ. of Chicago (United States)
Gary Kelderhouse, Univ. of Chicago (United States)
Rodolphe Vuilleumier, Univ. of Chicago (United States)
Herbert L. Manning, Kaman Sciences Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2201:
Adaptive Optics in Astronomy
Mark A. Ealey; Fritz Merkle, Editor(s)

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