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KAPAO first light: the design, construction and operation of a low-cost natural guide star adaptive optics system
Author(s): Scott A. Severson; Philip I. Choi; Katherine E. Badham; Dalton Bolger; Daniel S. Contreras; Blaine N. Gilbreth; Christian Guerrero; Erik Littleton; Joseph Long; Lorcan P. McGonigle; William A. Morrison; Fernando Ortega; Alex R. Rudy; Jonathan R. Wong; Erik Spjut; Christoph Baranec; Reed Riddle
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Paper Abstract

We present the instrument design and first light observations of KAPAO, a natural guide star adaptive optics (AO) system for the Pomona College Table Mountain Observatory (TMO) 1-meter telescope. The KAPAO system has dual science channels with visible and near-infrared cameras, a Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor, and a commercially available 140-actuator MEMS deformable mirror. The pupil relays are two pairs of custom off-axis parabolas and the control system is based on a version of the Robo-AO control software. The AO system and telescope are remotely operable, and KAPAO is designed to share the Cassegrain focus with the existing TMO polarimeter. We discuss the extensive integration of undergraduate students in the program including the multiple senior theses/capstones and summer assistantships amongst our partner institutions. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0960343.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 July 2014
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 9148, Adaptive Optics Systems IV, 914839 (21 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2056961
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Scott A. Severson, Sonoma State Univ. (United States)
Philip I. Choi, Pomona College (United States)
Katherine E. Badham, Sonoma State Univ. (United States)
Dalton Bolger, Pomona College (United States)
Daniel S. Contreras, Pomona College (United States)
Blaine N. Gilbreth, Sonoma State Univ. (United States)
Christian Guerrero, Harvey Mudd College (United States)
Erik Littleton, Pomona College (United States)
Joseph Long, Pomona College (United States)
Lorcan P. McGonigle, Pomona College (United States)
William A. Morrison, Pomona College (United States)
Fernando Ortega, Pomona College (United States)
Alex R. Rudy, Pomona College (United States)
Jonathan R. Wong, Pomona College (United States)
Erik Spjut, Harvey Mudd College (United States)
Christoph Baranec, Institute for Astronomy, Univ. of Hawai'i (United States)
Reed Riddle, California Institute of Technology (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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