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AO modelling for wide-field E-ELT instrumentation using Monte-Carlo simulation
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Paper Abstract

Extensive simulations of AO performance for several E-ELT instruments (including EAGLE, MOSAIC, HIRES and MAORY) have been ongoing using the Monte-Carlo Durham AO Simulation Package. We present the latest simulation results, including studies into DM requirements, dependencies of performance on asterism, detailed point spread function generation, accurate telescope modelling, and studies of laser guide star effects. Details of simulations will be given, including the use of optical models of the E-ELT to generate wave- front sensor pupil illumination functions, laser guide star modelling, and investigations of different many-layer atmospheric profiles. We discuss issues related to ELT-scale simulation, how we have overcome these, and how we will be approaching forthcoming issues such as modelling of advanced wavefront control, multi-rate wavefront sensing, and advanced treatment of extended laser guide star spots. We also present progress made on integrating simulation with AO real-time control systems. The impact of simulation outcomes on instrument design studies will be discussed, and the ongoing work plan presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 August 2014
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 9148, Adaptive Optics Systems IV, 91486J (4 August 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2055890
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Alastair Basden, Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)
Simon Morris, Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)
Tim Morris, Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)
Richard Myers, Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)


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

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