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Photometric stability of multiconjugate adaptive optics
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Paper Abstract

We observe that a multi-conjugate adaptive optics (MCAO) system produces rapid fluctuations of irradiance of a few percent in the compensated focal plane when observing an extended target, such as the solar surface. Such fluctuations are absent in the uncompensated focal plane. The fluctuations are apparently correlated with the local curvature of deformable mirror in the plane conjugated to the high altitude turbulence layer. They can be explained by the field dependent change of effective focal length introduced by a high altitude turbulence layer, which is related to image distortion. Using a simple geometric model of the MCAO system, we are able to reproduce the observed irradiance effects. We propose to introduce a slightly undersized aperture stop at the location of the nominal exit pupil in order to remove the fluctuations in the compensated field.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 October 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5490, Advancements in Adaptive Optics, (25 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.553053
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Oskar F. H. von der Luhe, Kiepenheuer-Institut fur Sonnenphysik (Germany)

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

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