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MACAO-VLTI: an adaptive optics system for the ESO Interferometer
Author(s): Robin Arsenault; Jaime Alonso; Henri Bonnet; Joar Brynnel; Bernard Delabre; Robert Donaldson; Christophe Dupuy; Enrico Fedrigo; Jacopo Farinato; Norbert N. Hubin; L. Ivanescu; Markus E. Kasper; J. Paufique; S. Rossi; Sebastien Tordo; Stefan Stroebele; Jean-Luis Lizon; Pierre Gigan; Francoise Delplancke; A. Silber; Marco Quattri; Roland Reiss
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Paper Abstract

MACAO stands for Multi Application Curvature Adaptive Optics. A similar concept is applied to fulfill the need for wavefront correction for several VLT instruments. MACAO-VLTI is one of these built in 4 copies in order to equip the Coude focii of the ESO VLT's. The optical beams will then be corrected before interferometric recombination in the VLTI (Very Large Telescope Interferometer) laboratory. MACAO-VLTI uses a 60 elements bimorph mirror and curvature wavefront sensor. A custom made board processes the signals provided by the wavefront detectors, 60 Avalanche Photo-diodes, and transfer them to a commercial Power PC CPU board for Real Time Calculation. Mirrors Commands are sent to a High Voltage amplifier unit through an optical fiber link. The tip-tilt correction is done by a dedicated Tip-tilt mount holding the deformable mirror. The whole wavefront is located at the Coude focus. Software is developed in house and is ESO compatible. Expected performance is a Strehl ratio sligthly under 60% at 2.2 micron for bright reference sources (star V<10) and a limiting magnitude of 17.5 (Strehl ~0.1). The four systems will be installed in Paranal successively, the first one being planned for June 2003 and the last one for June 2004.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 February 2003
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4839, Adaptive Optical System Technologies II, (7 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.458836
Show Author Affiliations
Robin Arsenault, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Jaime Alonso, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Henri Bonnet, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Joar Brynnel, 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)
Jacopo Farinato, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
Norbert N. Hubin, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
L. Ivanescu, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Markus E. Kasper, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
J. Paufique, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
S. Rossi, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Sebastien Tordo, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Stefan Stroebele, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Jean-Luis Lizon, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Pierre Gigan, Observatoire de Paris-Meudon/LESIA (France)
Francoise Delplancke, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
A. Silber, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Marco Quattri, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Roland Reiss, 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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