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Status of the VLT Nasmyth adaptive optics system (NAOS)
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Paper Abstract

NAOS is the adaptive optics system to be installed at one of the Nasmyth focus of the VLT. It was designed and manufactured by a French Consortium to provide compensated images to the high angular resolution IR spectro-imaging camera (CONICA) in the 1 to 5 micrometer spectral range. For bright sources, NAOS will achieve a Strehl ratio of 70% under average seeing conditions. It is equipped with a 185 actuator deformable mirror, a tip/tilt mirror and two wavefront sensors, one in the visible and one in the near IR. All the components of NAOS have been delivered and the integration phase is in progress since the beginning of 2000. After extensive tests and performance verifications in France, the system will be shipped to Chile by the end of 2000. The first light at the VLT is foreseen in the beginning of 2001.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 July 2000
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4007, Adaptive Optical Systems Technology, (7 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.390304
Show Author Affiliations
Gerard Rousset, Office National d'Etudes et de Recherches Aerospatiales (France)
Francois Lacombe, Observatoire de Paris-Meudon (France)
Pascal Puget, Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
Eric Gendron, Observatoire de Paris-Meudon (France)
Robin Arsenault, Observatoire de Paris-Meudon (Germany)
Pierre Y. Kern, Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
Didier Rabaud, Office National d'Etudes et de Recherches Aerospatiales (France)
Pierre-Yves Madec, Office National d'Etudes et de Recherches Aerospatiales (France)
Norbert N. Hubin, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Gerard Zins, European Southern Observatory (France)
Eric Stadler, Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
Julien Charton, Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
Pierre Gigan, Observatoire de Paris-Meudon (France)
Philippe Feautrier, Observatoire de Grenoble (France)

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

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