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First demo science with MOAO: observations of distant merging galaxies with CANARY
Author(s): D. Gratadour; É. Gendron; L. Grosset; T. Morris; J. Osborn; A. Basden; O. Martin; D. Rouan; R. Myers; G. Rousset
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Paper Abstract

During phase B, CANARY, the MOAO demonstrator, has been coupled to a dedicated, high sensitivity, near-IR camera based on a science grade NICMOS detector: CAMICAz. Using this combination, we have observed two distant merging systems at H and K in July 2013, with a resolution better than 150 mas over long exposures (< 1h). In this paper, we present this unique demo science data set, detail the performance achieved in terms of resolution and sensitivity and the first scientific results. Additionally, we provide a comparative study of the scientific output of MOAO with respect to classical LGS AO and HST.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 August 2014
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9148, Adaptive Optics Systems IV, 91481P (7 August 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2056328
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D. Gratadour, Lab. d'Etudes Spatiales et d'Instrumentation en Astrophysique, CNRS (France)
É. Gendron, Lab. d'Etudes Spatiales et d'Instrumentation en Astrophysique, CNRS (France)
L. Grosset, Lab. d'Etudes Spatiales et d'Instrumentation en Astrophysique, CNRS (France)
T. Morris, Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)
J. Osborn, Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)
A. Basden, Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)
O. Martin, Lab. d'Etudes Spatiales et d'Instrumentation en Astrophysique, CNRS (France)
D. Rouan, Lab. d'Etudes Spatiales et d'Instrumentation en Astrophysique, CNRS (France)
R. Myers, Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)
G. Rousset, Lab. d'Etudes Spatiales et d'Instrumentation en Astrophysique, CNRS (France)


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

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