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GeMS: Gemini Mcao System: current status and commissioning plans
Author(s): Maxime Boccas; François Rigaut; Damien Gratadour; Céline d'Orgeville; Matthieu Bec; Felipe Daruich; Gabriel Perez; Gustavo Arriagada; Stacy Bombino; Chris Carter; Chas Cavedoni; Fabian Collao; Paul Collins; Pablo Diaz; Angelic Ebbers; Ramon Galvez; Gaston Gausachs; Steve Hardash; Eric James; Stan Karewicz; Manuel Lazo; Diego Maltes; Ron Mouser; Rolando Rogers; Roberto Rojas; Michael Sheehan; Gelys Trancho; Vicente Vergara; Tomislav Vucina
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Paper Abstract

The Gemini Multi-Conjugate Adaptive Optics project was launched in April 1999 to become the Gemini South AO facility in Chile. The system includes 5 laser guide stars, 3 natural guide stars and 3 deformable mirrors optically conjugated at 0, 4.5 and 9km to achieve near-uniform atmospheric compensation over a 1 arc minute square field of view. Sub-contracted systems with vendors were started as early as October 2001 and were all delivered by July 2007, but for the 50W laser (due around September 2008). The in-house development began in January 2006, and is expected to be completed by the end of 2008 to continue with integration and testing (I&T) on the telescope. The on-sky commissioning phase is scheduled to start during the first half of 2009. In this general overview, we will first describe the status of each subsystem with their major requirements, risk areas and achieved performance. Next we will present our plan to complete the project by reviewing the remaining steps through I&T and commissioning on the telescope, both during day-time and at night-time. Finally, we will summarize some management activities like schedules, resources and conclude with some lessons learned.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 July 2008
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 7015, Adaptive Optics Systems, 70150X (7 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.788958
Show Author Affiliations
Maxime Boccas, Gemini Observatory (Chile)
François Rigaut, Gemini Observatory (Chile)
Damien Gratadour, Gemini Observatory (Chile)
Céline d'Orgeville, Gemini Observatory (Chile)
Matthieu Bec, Gemini Observatory (Chile)
Felipe Daruich, Gemini Observatory (Chile)
Gabriel Perez, Gemini Observatory (Chile)
Gustavo Arriagada, Gemini Observatory (Chile)
Stacy Bombino, Gemini Observatory (United States)
Chris Carter, Gemini Observatory (United States)
Chas Cavedoni, Gemini Observatory (United States)
Fabian Collao, Gemini Observatory (Chile)
Paul Collins, Gemini Observatory (Chile)
Pablo Diaz, Gemini Observatory (Chile)
Angelic Ebbers, Gemini Observatory (United States)
Ramon Galvez, Gemini Observatory (Chile)
Gaston Gausachs, Gemini Observatory (Chile)
Steve Hardash, Gemini Observatory (United States)
Eric James, Gemini Observatory (United States)
Stan Karewicz, Gemini Observatory (United States)
Manuel Lazo, Gemini Observatory (Chile)
Diego Maltes, Gemini Observatory (Chile)
Ron Mouser, Gemini Observatory (Chile)
Rolando Rogers, Gemini Observatory (Chile)
Roberto Rojas, Gemini Observatory (Chile)
Michael Sheehan, Gemini Observatory (United States)
Gelys Trancho, Gemini Observatory (Chile)
Vicente Vergara, Gemini Observatory (Chile)
Tomislav Vucina, Gemini Observatory (Chile)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7015:
Adaptive Optics Systems
Norbert Hubin; Claire E. Max; Peter L. Wizinowich, Editor(s)

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