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An infusion of new blood using the Toptica laser with GeMS: results of the commissioning and science performance
Author(s): Gaetano Sivo; Eduardo Marin; François Rigaut; Marcos van Dam; Vincent Garrel; Benoit Neichel; Cristian Moreno; Emmanuel Chirre; Constanza Araujo; Allen Hankla; Gabriel Perez; Pablo Diaz; Angelic Ebbers; Paul Collins; Vicente Vergara; Paul Hirst; Morten Andersen; Joy Chavez; Lindsay Magill; Christine Cunningham; Ariel Lopez; Jeff Donahue; Rodrigo Carrasco; Gianluca Lombardi; Vanessa Montes; Michiel van der Hoeven; René Rutten; Scot Kleinman; Manuel Lazo
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Paper Abstract

Adaptive Optics (AO) systems aim at detecting and correcting for optical distortions induced by atmospheric turbulences. The Gemini Multi Conjugated AO System GeMS is operational and regularly used for science observations since 2013 delivering close to diffraction limit resolution over a large field of view. GeMS entered this year into a new era. The laser system has been upgraded from the old 50W Lockheed Martin Coherent Technologies (LMCT) pulsed laser to the Toptica 20/2W CW SodiumStar laser. The laser has been successfully commissioned and is now used regularly in operation. In this paper we first review the performance obtained with the instrument. I will go then into the details of the commissioning of the Toptica laser and show the improvements obtained in term of acquisition, stability, reliability and performance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 July 2018
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 10703, Adaptive Optics Systems VI, 107030P (10 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2312090
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Gaetano Sivo, Gemini South Observatory (Chile)
Eduardo Marin, Gemini South Observatory (Chile)
François Rigaut, Mt. Stromlo Observatory, The Australian National Univ. (Australia)
Marcos van Dam, Flat Wavefronts (New Zealand)
Vincent Garrel, Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Benoit Neichel, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille, Univ. Aix-Marseille, CNRS-INSU (France)
Cristian Moreno, Gemini South Observatory (Chile)
Emmanuel Chirre, Gemini South Observatory (Chile)
Constanza Araujo, Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (United States)
Allen Hankla, Peak to Peak Charter School (United States)
Gabriel Perez, Gemini South Observatory (Chile)
Pablo Diaz, Gemini South Observatory (Chile)
Angelic Ebbers, Gemini South Observatory (United States)
Paul Collins, Gemini South Observatory (Chile)
Vicente Vergara, Gemini South Observatory (Chile)
Paul Hirst, Gemini North Observatory (United States)
Morten Andersen, Gemini South Observatory (Chile)
Joy Chavez, Gemini South Observatory (Chile)
Lindsay Magill, Gemini South Observatory (Chile)
Christine Cunningham, Gemini North Observatory (United States)
Ariel Lopez, Gemini South Observatory (Chile)
Jeff Donahue, Gemini North Observatory (United States)
Rodrigo Carrasco, Gemini South Observatory (Chile)
Gianluca Lombardi, Gemini South Observatory (Chile)
Vanessa Montes, Gemini South Observatory (Chile)
Michiel van der Hoeven, Gemini South Observatory (Chile)
René Rutten, Gemini South Observatory (Chile)
Scot Kleinman, Gemini North Observatory (United States)
Manuel Lazo, Gemini South Observatory (Chile)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10703:
Adaptive Optics Systems VI
Laird M. Close; Laura Schreiber; Dirk Schmidt, Editor(s)

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