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Villages: an on-sky visible wavelength astronomy AO experiment using a MEMS deformable mirror
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Paper Abstract

The MEMS-AO/Villages project consists of a series of on-sky experiments that will demonstrate key new technologies for the next generation of adaptive optics systems for large telescopes. One of our first goals is to demonstrate the use of a micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) deformable mirror as the wavefront correcting element. The system is mounted the 1-meter Nickel Telescope at the UCO/Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton. It uses a 140 element (10 subapertures across) MEMS deformable mirror and is designed to produce diffraction-limited images at wavelengths from 0.5 to 1.0 microns. The system had first light on the telescope in October 2007. Here we report on the results of initial on-sky tests.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 February 2008
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6888, MEMS Adaptive Optics II, 688804 (6 February 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.772406
Show Author Affiliations
Donald Gavel, UCO/Lick Observatory, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (United States)
Scott Severson, Sonoma State Univ. (United States)
Brian Bauman, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Daren Dillon, UCO/Lick Observatory, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (United States)
Marco Reinig, UCO/Lick Observatory, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (United States)
Christopher Lockwood, UCO/Lick Observatory, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (United States)
Dave Palmer, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Kathleen Morzinski, UCO/Lick Observatory, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (United States)
S. Mark Ammons, UCO/Lick Observatory, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (United States)
Elinor Gates, UCO/Lick Observatory, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (United States)
Bryant Grigsby, UCO/Lick Observatory, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6888:
MEMS Adaptive Optics II
Scot S. Olivier; Thomas G. Bifano; Joel A. Kubby, Editor(s)

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