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Off-line and on-line modal optimization of the MMT-AO system
Author(s): B. Girardet; F. Wildi; G. Brusa
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Paper Abstract

The MMT adaptive optics system has been in operation for over 2 years. Besides being a technological demonstration, it has achieved remarkable success. However, the system is presently limited by a few factors, one of which is the lack of an optimised controller. In this paper, we review the optimised modal integrator and evaluate its potential for MMT-AO. We find that it can indeed increase the system sensitivity by one magnitude but that a careful analysis of wave front sensor data must be performed to remove artefacts that can severely bias the outcome of the optimization.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 August 2005
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5903, Astronomical Adaptive Optics Systems and Applications II, 59030C (25 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.617786
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B. Girardet, West Switzerland Univ. of Applied Science (Switzerland)
F. Wildi, West Switzerland Univ. of Applied Science (Switzerland)
G. Brusa, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5903:
Astronomical Adaptive Optics Systems and Applications II
Robert K. Tyson; Michael Lloyd-Hart, Editor(s)

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