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Preliminary design of SALTO: the Belgian adaptive optics demonstrator
Author(s): G. Orban de Xivry; O. Absil; M. Lismont; V. Moreau; F. Languy; D. Vanhoenacker-Janvier
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Paper Abstract

SALTO is a Belgian project aiming to build a complete 1 m telescope demonstrator including a single-conjugated adaptive optics (AO) system together with a Rayleigh laser guide star system. The underlying objective of SALTO consists in developing the Belgian expertise regarding AO systems for medium size telescopes (i.e. diameter from 1 to 4m), for application in astronomy, optical communication or detection of low-Earth orbit objects. The project approach is to base the design on COTS components, in order to reduce complexity, and to favor both robustness and automation of the system over performance. The SALTO demonstrator will be located at Redu Space Services in the Belgian countryside. Therefore the major challenge of the project will be to deal with poor seeing, far worst than astronomical standards, while preserving robust and reasonable correction in the red-visible and near-infrared wavelength range. Here, we present our system baseline, the expected performance, and the preliminary design of the AO system. We conclude with the current prospects for the project.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 July 2018
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 10703, Adaptive Optics Systems VI, 1070338 (11 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2313578
Show Author Affiliations
G. Orban de Xivry, STAR Institute, Univ. de Liège (Belgium)
O. Absil, STAR Institute, Univ. de Liège (Belgium)
M. Lismont, Advanced Mechanical and Optical System (Belgium)
V. Moreau, Advanced Mechanical and Optical System (Belgium)
F. Languy, Ctr. Spatial de Liège (Belgium)
D. Vanhoenacker-Janvier, Univ. Catholique de Louvain (Belgium)

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

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