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Multiconjugate adaptive optics at the Vacuum Tower Telescope, Tenerife
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Paper Abstract

We present the optical setup and wavefront reconstruction algorithms for the multi-conjugate adaptive optics (MCAO) system at the 70 cm German Vacuum Tower Telescope (VTT), Observatorio del Teide, Tenerife. The system is designed to increase the corrected field of view (FOV) from about 10 arcseconds to 30 arcseconds in the visible. It will consist of two Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensors (WFS) and two deformable mirrors (DMs). Both wavefront sensors will be situated in the pupil plane of the telescope. One determines the high order wavefront aberrations for the center of the FOV, the other measures only low order wavefront aberrations, but covers a large FOV in each subaperture. A 35 actuator bimorph mirror and a micro mirror will correct the ground layer and the tropopause, respectively. The system will have first light in early 2002. Scientific operation is expected to start in the second half of 2002.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 January 2002
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4538, Optics in Atmospheric Propagation and Adaptive Systems IV, (29 January 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.454398
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Thomas Berkefeld, Kiepenheuer-Institut fuer Sonnenphysik (Germany)
Dirk Soltau, Kiepenheuer-Institut fuer Sonnenphysik (Germany)
Oskar von der Luehe, Kiepenheuer-Institut fuer Sonnenphysik (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4538:
Optics in Atmospheric Propagation and Adaptive Systems IV
Anton Kohnle; John D. Gonglewski; Thomas J. Schmugge, Editor(s)

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