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First results from the UCSC Laboratory for Adaptive Optics multi-conjugate and multi-object adaptive optics testbed
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Paper Abstract

We present first results from the Multi-Conjugate and Multi-Object Adaptive Optics (MCAO and MOAO) testbed, at the UCO/Lick Laboratory for Adaptive Optics (LAO) facility at U.C. Santa Cruz. This testbed is constructed to simulate a 30-m telescope executing MCAO and/or open loop MOAO atmospheric compensation and imaging over 5 arcminutes. It is capable of performing Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensing on up to 8 natural or laser guide stars and 2-3 additional tip/tilt stars. In this paper, we demonstrate improved on-axis correction relative to ground layer adaptive optics (~ 15% Strehl relative to ~ 12%) with a simulated 28-m aperture at a D/r0 corresponding to a science wavelength of 2.6 microns using three laser guide stars on a simulated 41 arcsec radius with a central science object and one deformable mirror at the ground layer.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 June 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6272, Advances in Adaptive Optics II, 627202 (27 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.672452
Show Author Affiliations
S. Mark Ammons, Ctr. for Adaptive Optics, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (United States)
Renate Kupke, Ctr. for Adaptive Optics, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (United States)
Edward A. Laag, Ctr. for Adaptive Optics, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (United States)
Univ of California, Riverside (United States)
Donald T. Gavel, Ctr. for Adaptive Optics, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (United States)
Daren R. Dillon, Ctr. for Adaptive Optics, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (United States)
Marco R. Reinig, Ctr. for Adaptive Optics, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (United States)
Brian J. Bauman, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Ctr. for Adaptive Optics, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (United States)
Claire E. Max, Ctr. for Adaptive Optics, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (United States)
Jess A. Johnson, Ctr. for Adaptive Optics, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6272:
Advances in Adaptive Optics II
Brent L. Ellerbroek; Domenico Bonaccini Calia, Editor(s)

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