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Point spread function determination for Keck adaptive optics
Author(s): S. Ragland; L. Jolissaint; P. Wizinowich; M. A. van Dam; L. Mugnier; A. Bouxin; J. Chock; S. Kwok; J. Mader; G. Witzel; Tuan Do; M. Fitzgerald; A. Ghez; J. Lu; G. Martinez; M. R. Morris; B. Sitarski
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Paper Abstract

One of the primary scientific limitations of adaptive optics (AO) has been the incomplete knowledge of the point spread function (PSF), which has made it difficult to use AO for accurate photometry and astrometry in both crowded and sparse fields, for extracting intrinsic morphologies and spatially resolved kinematics, and for detecting faint sources in the presence of brighter sources. To address this limitation, we initiated a program to determine and demonstrate PSF reconstruction for science observations obtained with Keck AO. This paper aims to give a broad view of the progress achieved in implementing a PSF reconstruction capability for Keck AO science observations.

This paper describes the implementation of the algorithms, and the design and development of the prototype operational tools for automated PSF reconstruction. On-sky performance is discussed by comparing the reconstructed PSFs to the measured PSF’s on the NIRC2 science camera. The importance of knowing the control loop performance, accurate mapping of the telescope pupil to the deformable mirror and the science instrument pupil, and the telescope segment piston error are highlighted. We close by discussing lessons learned and near-term future plans.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 July 2016
PDF: 18 pages
Proc. SPIE 9909, Adaptive Optics Systems V, 99091P (26 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2231814
Show Author Affiliations
S. Ragland, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)
L. Jolissaint, Univ. of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland (Switzerland)
P. Wizinowich, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)
M. A. van Dam, Flat Wavefronts (New Zealand)
L. Mugnier, ONERA (France)
A. Bouxin, Univ. of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland (Switzerland)
J. Chock, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)
S. Kwok, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)
J. Mader, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)
G. Witzel, Univ. of California, Los Angeles (United States)
Tuan Do, Univ. of California, Los Angeles (United States)
M. Fitzgerald, Univ. of California, Los Angeles (United States)
A. Ghez, Univ. of California, Los Angeles (United States)
J. Lu, Univ. of Hawaii (United States)
G. Martinez, Univ. of California, Los Angeles (United States)
M. R. Morris, Univ. of California, Los Angeles (United States)
B. Sitarski, Univ. of California, Los Angeles (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9909:
Adaptive Optics Systems V
Enrico Marchetti; Laird M. Close; Jean-Pierre Véran, Editor(s)

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