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Optical engineering at Keck Observatory: design and performance of the telescopes, adaptive optics and interferometer
Author(s): Peter L. Wizinowich
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Paper Abstract

The W. M. Keck Observatory operates two 10-m diameter optical/infrared telescopes on the summit of Mauna Kea (Figure 1) in support of astronomers from the California Institute of Technology, University of California, NASA and University of Hawaii communities. Natural guide star adaptive optics (AO) systems are operational on both telescopes and a laser guide star AO capability has recently become operational on one of these telescopes. The Keck Interferometer, which combines the AO-corrected light from the two telescopes, is currently operational in a visibility science mode, and nuller and differential phase science capabilities are currently under development. This paper will provide an overview of the optical design and performance of these optical systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 2006
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6034, ICO20: Optical Design and Fabrication, 603401 (1 February 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.668084
Show Author Affiliations
Peter L. Wizinowich, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6034:
ICO20: Optical Design and Fabrication
James Breckinridge; Yongtian Wang, Editor(s)

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