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System tests and on-sky commissioning of the GRAVITY-CIAO wavefront sensors
Author(s): C. Deen; J. Kolb; S. Oberti; H. Bonnet; E. Müller; Z. Hubert; G. Zins; F. Delplancke; P. Haguenauer; L. Pettazzi; P. Bourget; M. Suarez-Valles; S. Scheithauer; A. Huber; M. Esselborn; Y. Clenét; E. Gendron; W. Brandner; R. Klein; R. Lenzen; Udo Neumann; M. Kulas; J. Panduro; J. Ramos; R.-R. Rohloff; T. Henning; K. Perraut; G. Perrin; C. Straubmeier; A. Amorim; F. Eisenhauer
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Paper Abstract

GRAVITY is a near-infrared interferometric instrument that allows astronomers to combine the light of the four unit or four auxiliary telescopes of the ESO Very Large Telescope in Paranal, Chile. GRAVITY will deliver extremely precise relative astrometry and spatially resolved spectra. In order to study objects in regions of high extinction (e.g. the Galactic Center, or star forming regions), GRAVITY will use infrared wavefront sensors. The suite of four wavefront sensors located in the Coudé room of each of the unit telescopes are known as the Coudé Integrated Adaptive Optics (CIAO). The CIAO wavefront sensors are being constructed by the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) and are being installed and commissioned at Paranal between February and September of 2016. This presentation will focus on system tests performed in the MPIA adaptive optics laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany in preparation for shipment to Paranal, as well as on-sky data from the commissioning of the first instrument. We will discuss the CIAO instruments, control strategy, optimizations, and performance at the telescope.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 July 2016
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 9909, Adaptive Optics Systems V, 99092M (27 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2233005
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C. Deen, Max Planck Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
J. Kolb, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
S. Oberti, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
H. Bonnet, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
E. Müller, Max Planck Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
Z. Hubert, LESIA, Observatoire de Paris, CNRS, UPMC Univ. Paris 6, Univ. Paris Diderot (France)
G. Zins, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
F. Delplancke, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
P. Haguenauer, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
L. Pettazzi, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
P. Bourget, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
M. Suarez-Valles, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
S. Scheithauer, Max Planck Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
A. Huber, Max Planck Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
M. Esselborn, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Y. Clenét, LESIA, Observatoire de Paris, CNRS, UPMC Univ. Paris 6, Univ. Paris Diderot (France)
E. Gendron, LESIA, Observatoire de Paris, CNRS, UPMC Univ. Paris 6, Univ. Paris Diderot (France)
W. Brandner, Max Planck Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
R. Klein, Max Planck Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
R. Lenzen, Max Planck Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
Udo Neumann, Max Planck Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
M. Kulas, Max Planck Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
J. Panduro, Max Planck Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
J. Ramos, Max Planck Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
R.-R. Rohloff, Max Planck Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
T. Henning, Max Planck Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
K. Perraut, UJF Grenoble 1, CNRS-INSU, Institut de Planétologie et d’Astrophysique de Grenoble (France)
G. Perrin, LESIA, Observatoire de Paris, CNRS, UPMC Univ. Paris 6, Univ. Paris Diderot (France)
ONERA (France)
C. Straubmeier, Univ. of Cologne (Germany)
A. Amorim, Lab. de Sistemas, Instrumentao e Modelao em Cincias e Tecnologias do Ambiente e do Espao (Portugal)
F. Eisenhauer, Max Planck Institute for extraterrestrial Physics (Germany)


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

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