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SRAO: the first southern robotic AO system
Author(s): Nicholas M. Law; Carl Ziegler; Andrei Tokovinin
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Paper Abstract

We present plans for SRAO, the first Southern Robotic AO system. SRAO will use AO-assisted speckle imaging and Robo-AO-heritage high efficiency observing to confirm and characterize thousands of planet candidates produced by major new transit surveys like TESS, and is the first AO system to be capable of building a comprehensive several-thousand-target multiplicity survey at sub-AU scales across the main sequence. We will also describe results from Robo-AO, the first robotic LGS-AO system. Robo-AO has observed tens of thousands of Northern targets, often using a similar speckle or Lucky-Imaging assisted mode.

SRAO will be a moderate-order natural-guide-star adaptive optics system which uses an innovative photoncounting wavefront sensor and EMCCD speckle-imaging camera to guide on faint stars with the 4.1m SOAR telescope. The system will produce diffraction-limited imaging in the NIR on targets as faint as mν = 16. In AO-assisted speckle imaging mode the system will attain the 30-mas visible diffraction limit on targets at least as faint as mν = 17. The system will be the first Southern hemisphere robotic adaptive optics system, with overheads an order of magnitude smaller than comparable systems. Using Robo-AO's proven robotic AO software, SRAO will be capable of observing overheads on sub-minute scales, allowing the observation of at least 200 targets per night. SRAO will attain three times the angular resolution of the Palomar Robo-AO system in the visible.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 August 2016
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9907, Optical and Infrared Interferometry and Imaging V, 99070K (4 August 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2234446
Show Author Affiliations
Nicholas M. Law, Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (United States)
Carl Ziegler, Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (United States)
Andrei Tokovinin, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (Chile)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9907:
Optical and Infrared Interferometry and Imaging V
Fabien Malbet; Michelle J. Creech-Eakman; Peter G. Tuthill, Editor(s)

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