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Second generation Robo-AO instruments and systems
Author(s): Christoph Baranec; Reed Riddle; Nicholas M. Law; Mark R. Chun; Jessica R. Lu; Michael S. Connelley; Donald Hall; Dani Atkinson; Shane Jacobson
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Paper Abstract

The prototype Robo-AO system at the Palomar Observatory 1.5-m telescope is the world's first fully automated laser adaptive optics instrument. Scientific operations commenced in June 2012 and more than 12,000 observations have since been performed at the ~0.12" visible-light diffraction limit. Two new infrared cameras providing high-speed tip-tilt sensing and a 2' field-of-view will be integrated in 2014. In addition to a Robo-AO clone for the 2-m IGO and the natural guide star variant KAPAO at the 1-m Table Mountain telescope, a second generation of facility-class Robo-AO systems are in development for the 2.2-m University of Hawai'i and 3-m IRTF telescopes which will provide higher Strehl ratios, sharper imaging, ~0.07", and correction to λ = 400 nm.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 July 2014
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 9148, Adaptive Optics Systems IV, 914812 (21 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2055552
Show Author Affiliations
Christoph Baranec, Institute for Astronomy, Univ. of Hawai'i (United States)
Reed Riddle, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Nicholas M. Law, The Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (United States)
Mark R. Chun, Institute for Astronomy, Univ. of Hawai'i (United States)
Jessica R. Lu, Institute for Astronomy, Univ. of Hawai'i (United States)
Michael S. Connelley, Institute for Astronomy, Univ. of Hawai'i (United States)
Donald Hall, Institute for Astronomy, Univ. of Hawai'i (United States)
Dani Atkinson, Institute for Astronomy, Univ. of Hawai'i (United States)
Shane Jacobson, Institute for Astronomy, Univ. of Hawai'i (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9148:
Adaptive Optics Systems IV
Enrico Marchetti; Laird M. Close; Jean-Pierre Véran, Editor(s)

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