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Adaptive optics projects at ESO
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Paper Abstract

Over the past two years ESO has reinforced its efforts in the field of Adaptive Optics. The AO team has currently the challenging objectives to provide 8 Adaptive Optics systems for the VLT in the coming years and has now a world-leading role in that field. This paper will review all AO projects and plans. We will present an overview of the Nasmyth Adaptive Optics System (NAOS) with its infrared imager CONICA installed successfully at the VLT last year. Sodium Laser Guide Star plans will be introduced. The status of the 4 curvature AO systems (MACAO) developed for the VLT interferometer will be discussed. The status of the SINFONI AO module developed to feed the infrared integral field spectrograph (SPIFFI) will be presented. A short description of the Multi-conjugate Adaptive optics Demonstrator MAD and its instrumentation will be introduced. Finally, we will present the plans for the VLT second-generation AO systems and the researches performed in the frame of OWL.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 February 2003
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4839, Adaptive Optical System Technologies II, (7 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.456995
Show Author Affiliations
Norbert N. Hubin, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Robin Arsenault, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Henri Bonnet, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Rodolphe Conan, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Bernard Delabre, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Robert Donaldson, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Christophe Dupuy, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Enrico Fedrigo, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
L. Ivanescu, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Markus E. Kasper, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Markus Kissler-Patig, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Jean-Luis Lizon, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Miska Le Louarn, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Enrico Marchetti, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
J. Paufique, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Stefan Stroebele, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Sebastien Tordo, European Southern Observatory (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4839:
Adaptive Optical System Technologies II
Peter L. Wizinowich; Domenico Bonaccini, Editor(s)

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