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Integrating MATLAB and IDL: adding adaptive optics to the TMT/VLOT integrated model
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Paper Abstract

The next generation of ground-based telescopes will have apertures of 20 meters or more and will be increasingly dependent on active and adaptive optics (AO) to deliver good image quality. A numerical model of the complete telescope system, including optical, mechanical, and atmospheric seeing effects, will be a vital tool during the design process. The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) / Very Large Optical Telescope (VLOT) Integrated Model (IM) is written in MATLAB and runs on a Windows PC. One goal of the IM is to study the interaction of various AO designs with several telescope configurations. This requires the inclusion of an AO simulation engine; the IDL-based CAOS code was chosen as a starting point. Socket based software was developed to allow MATLAB MEX functions called from the IM to control the CAOS code running on a Linux PC. Software was also developed to allow MATLAB MEX functions to interact with IDL on the same Windows computer using callable IDL.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 September 2004
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5497, Modeling and Systems Engineering for Astronomy, (16 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.552399
Show Author Affiliations
Malcolm J. Smith, National Research Council (Canada)
Eric Steinbring, National Research Council (Canada)
Glen Herriot, National Research Council (Canada)
Jennifer Dunn, National Research Council (Canada)
Jean-Pierre Veran, National Research Council (Canada)
Dan Kerley, National Research Council (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5497:
Modeling and Systems Engineering for Astronomy
Simon C. Craig; Martin J. Cullum, Editor(s)

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