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United Kingdom adaptive optics program
Author(s): Richard M. Myers; Andrew J. Longmore; Ronald A. Humphreys; Gerard F. Gilmore; A. Bruce Gentles; Martyn Wells; Richard W. Wilson
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Paper Abstract

The United Kingdom is funding a program of astronomical adaptive optics (AO), the primary purpose of which is to equip two 4-meter telescopes with common-user (facility) natural guide star AO systems: the 4.2 m William Herschel Telescope on La Palma in the Canary Islands and the 3.8 m United Kingdom Infrared Telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaii. The program also supports related developments in the following fields: site evaluation (on La Palma and Mauna Kea), IR instrumentation, adaptive secondary mirror design, partial AO, and laser beacons (for La Palma). The structure, purposes, and timescales of the overall program are described. In general, the goal is to deliver AO systems which have wide astronomical application and provide well-optimized performance in a wide range of environmental conditions. The ways in which this goal has conditioned the program are outlined.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 August 1995
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 2534, Adaptive Optical Systems and Applications, (25 August 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.217764
Show Author Affiliations
Richard M. Myers, Univ. of Durham (United Kingdom)
Andrew J. Longmore, Royal Observatory Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
Ronald A. Humphreys, Univ. of Durham (United Kingdom)
Gerard F. Gilmore, Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
A. Bruce Gentles, Royal Greenwich Observatory (United Kingdom)
Martyn Wells, Royal Observatory Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
Richard W. Wilson, Royal Greenwich Observatory (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2534:
Adaptive Optical Systems and Applications
Robert K. Tyson; Robert Q. Fugate, Editor(s)

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