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Palomar adaptive optics project: status and performance
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Paper Abstract

We describe the current performance of the Palomar 200 inch (5 m) adaptive optics system, which in December of 1998 achieved its first high order (241 actuators) lock on a natural guide star. In the K band (2.2 micrometer), the system has achieved Strehl ratios as high as 50% in the presence of 1.0 arcsecond seeing (0.5 micrometer). Predictions of the system's performance based on the analysis of real-time wavefront sensor telemetry data and an analysis based on a fitted Kolmogorov atmospheric model are shown to both agree with the observed science image performance. Performance predictions for various seeing conditions are presented and an analysis of the error budget is used to show which subsystems limit the performance of the AO system under various atmospheric conditions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 July 2000
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4007, Adaptive Optical Systems Technology, (7 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.390302
Show Author Affiliations
Mitchell Troy, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Richard G. Dekany, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Gary L. Brack, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Ben R. Oppenheimer, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)
Eric E. Bloemhof, Palomar Observatory (United States)
Thang Trinh, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Frank G. Dekens, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Fang Shi, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Thomas L. Hayward, Cornell Univ. (United States)
Bernhard Rainer Brandl, Cornell Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4007:
Adaptive Optical Systems Technology
Peter L. Wizinowich, Editor(s)

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