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The Gemini-South MCAO operational model: insights on a new era of telescope operation
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Paper Abstract

The Gemini Observatory is implementing a Multi-Conjugate Adaptive Optics (MCAO) system as a facility instrument for the Gemini South telescope (GeMS). The system will include 5 Laser Guide Stars, 3 Natural Guide Stars, and 3 deformable mirrors, optically conjugated at different altitudes, to achieve near-uniform atmospheric compensation over a one arc minute square field of view. This setup implies some level of operational complexity. In this paper we describe how GeMS will be integrated into the flow of Gemini operations, from the observing procedures necessary to execute the programs in the queue (telescope control software, observing tools, sequence executor) to the safety implementation needed such as spotters/ASCAM, space command and laser traffic control software.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 July 2008
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7016, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems II, 70161Q (12 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.788183
Show Author Affiliations
Gelys Trancho, Gemini Observatory Southern Operations Ctr. (Chile)
Matthieu Bec, Gemini Observatory Southern Operations Ctr. (Chile)
Etienne Artigau, Gemini Observatory Southern Operations Ctr. (Chile)
Celine d'Orgeville, Gemini Observatory Southern Operations Ctr. (Chile)
Damien Gratadour, Gemini Observatory Southern Operations Ctr. (Chile)
Francois J. Rigaut, Gemini Observatory Southern Operations Ctr. (Chile)
Brian Walls, Gemini Observatory Northern Operations Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7016:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems II
Roger J. Brissenden; David R. Silva, Editor(s)

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