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MAD status report
Author(s): Enrico Marchetti; Roland Brast; Bernhard Delabre; Rob Donaldson; Enrico Fedrigo; Christoph Frank; Norbert N. Hubin; Johann Kolb; Miska Le Louarn; Jean-Louis Lizon; Sylvain Oberti; Roland Reiss; Joana Santos; Sebastien Tordo; Roberto Ragazzoni; Carmelo Arcidiacono; Andrea Baruffolo; Emiliano Diolaiti; Jacopo Farinato; Elise Vernet-Viard
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Paper Abstract

The European Southern Observatory together with external research Institutes is building a Multi-Conjugate Adaptive Optics Demonstrator (MAD) to perform wide field of view adaptive optics correction. The aim of MAD is to demonstrate on the sky the feasibility of the MCAO technique and to evaluate all the critical aspects in building such kind of instrument in the framework of both the 2nd generation VLT instrumentation and the 100-m Overwhelmingly Large Telescope (OWL). The MAD module will be installed at one of the VLT unit telescope in Paranal to perform on-sky observations. MAD is based on a two deformable mirrors correction system and on two multi-reference wavefront sensors capable to observe simultaneously some pre-selected configurations of Natural Guide Stars. MAD is expected to correct up to 2 arcmin field of view in K band. MAD has just started the integration phase which will be followed up by a long period of testing. In this paper we present the final design of MAD with a brief report about the status of the integration.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 October 2004
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5490, Advancements in Adaptive Optics, (25 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.551185
Show Author Affiliations
Enrico Marchetti, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Roland Brast, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Bernhard Delabre, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Rob Donaldson, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Enrico Fedrigo, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Christoph Frank, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Norbert N. Hubin, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Johann Kolb, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Miska Le Louarn, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Jean-Louis Lizon, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Sylvain Oberti, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Roland Reiss, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Joana Santos, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Sebastien Tordo, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Roberto Ragazzoni, INAF, Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri (Italy)
Carmelo Arcidiacono, Univ degli Studi di Firenze (Italy)
Andrea Baruffolo, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
Emiliano Diolaiti, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Bologna (Italy)
Jacopo Farinato, INAF, Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri (Italy)
Elise Vernet-Viard, INAF, Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5490:
Advancements in Adaptive Optics
Domenico Bonaccini Calia; Brent L. Ellerbroek; Roberto Ragazzoni, Editor(s)

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