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The CHARA array adaptive optics I: common-path optical and mechanical design, and preliminary on-sky results
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Paper Abstract

The CHARA array is an optical interferometer with six 1-meter diameter telescopes, providing baselines from 33 to 331 meters. With sub-milliarcsecond angular resolution, its versatile visible and near infrared combiners offer a unique angle of studying nearby stellar systems by spatially resolving their detailed structures. To improve the sensitivity and scientific throughput, the CHARA array was funded by NSF-ATI in 2011 to install adaptive optics (AO) systems on all six telescopes. The initial grant covers Phase I of the AO systems, which includes on-telescope Wavefront Sensors (WFS) and non-common-path (NCP) error correction. Meanwhile we are seeking funding for Phase II which will add large Deformable Mirrors on telescopes to close the full AO loop. The corrections of NCP error and static aberrations in the optical system beyond the WFS are described in the second paper of this series. This paper describes the design of the common-path optical system and the on-telescope WFS, and shows the on-sky commissioning results.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 July 2014
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9148, Adaptive Optics Systems IV, 914830 (24 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2055693
Show Author Affiliations
Xiao Che, Univ. of Michigan (United States)
Laszlo Sturmann, The CHARA Array, Mountain Wilson Observatory (United States)
John D. Monnier, Univ. of Michigan (United States)
Theo A. ten Brummelaar, The CHARA Array, Mountain Wilson Observatory (United States)
Judit Sturmann, The CHARA Array, Mountain Wilson Observatory (United States)
Stephen T. Ridgway, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Michael J. Ireland, Macquaire Univ. (Australia)
Nils H. Turner, The CHARA Array, Mountain Wilson Observatory (United States)
Harold A. McAlister, Georgia State Univ. (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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