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Science with CFHT's future high dynamic range AO system PUEO NUI
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Paper Abstract

Rethinking the efficient use of 4m-class telescopes in the dawning era of larger facilities is a timely but challenging debate. The extensive use of PUEO for imaging (and now spectroscopy) has kept CFHT at the forefront of scientific research with adaptive optics since its commissioning in 1996. Even though larger facilities are now starting to think about ways to implement high order AO systems, we believe the medium size of the CFHT and the excellent quality of the site on Mauna Kea is a perfect combination to reach the highest performances with a high order AO system. The fields of application of high order adaptive optics are exciting: They include extremely high contrast imaging and coronography in the near-infrared and diffraction-limited imaging in the optical, with the corresponding gain in angular resolution. In this paper we present a quick description of a few specific astrophysical problems that would benefit from an upgraded AO system at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope. More technical details about the upgrade of PUEO are presented by Lai et al. and Cuillandre et al. in these proceedings, see papers 4839-78 and 4839-31.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 February 2003
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4839, Adaptive Optical System Technologies II, (7 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.459685
Show Author Affiliations
Francois Menard, Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
Olivier Lai, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Corp. (United States)
Jean-Charles Cuillandre, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Corp. (United States)

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

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