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Performance evaluation of the SAAO adaptive optics system
Author(s): Rene Abreu; Sarma N. Gullapalli; William M. Rappoport; Ralph Pringle Jr.; William P. Zmek
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes laboratory evaluations of the SAAO Adaptive Optics (AO) System, which is installed at the Air Force AEOS facility at Haleakala on the island of Maui in Hawaii. The AO system includes a 32 by 32 channel wavefront sensor, a high-speed wavefront reconstructor, a 941-actuator deformable mirror, a high-bandwidth steering mirror, and a tracking sensor for tilt control. The performance metrics discussed include track bandwidth, track jitter vs. target brightness, AO system temporal response, and the resulting Strehl ratios and MTF for a range of target brightness. Test methods and results are described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 May 2000
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3931, Gas, Chemical, and Electrical Lasers and Intense Beam Control and Applications, (4 May 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.384292
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Rene Abreu, Raytheon Co. (United States)
Sarma N. Gullapalli, Raytheon Co. (United States)
William M. Rappoport, Raytheon Co. (United States)
Ralph Pringle Jr., SVS Inc. (United States)
William P. Zmek, Raytheon Co. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3931:
Gas, Chemical, and Electrical Lasers and Intense Beam Control and Applications
Santanu Basu; Santanu Basu; Steven J. Davis; Ernest A. Dorko, Editor(s)

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