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CANARY: the on-sky NGS/LGS MOAO demonstrator for EAGLE
Author(s): Richard M. Myers; Zoltán Hubert; Timothy J. Morris; Eric Gendron; Nigel A. Dipper; Aglaé Kellerer; Stephen J. Goodsell; Gérard Rousset; Eddy Younger; Michel Marteaud; Alastair G. Basden; Fanny Chemla; C. Dani Guzman; Thierry Fusco; Deli Geng; Brice Le Roux; Mark A. Harrison; Andrew J. Longmore; Laura K. Young; Fabrice Vidal; Alan H. Greenaway
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Paper Abstract

EAGLE is a multi-object 3D spectroscopy instrument currently under design for the 42-metre European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT). Precise requirements are still being developed, but it is clear that EAGLE will require (~100 x 100 actuator) adaptive optics correction of ~20 - 60 spectroscopic subfields distributed across a ~5 arcminute diameter field of view. It is very likely that LGS will be required to provide wavefront sensing with the necessary sky coverage. Two alternative adaptive optics implementations are being considered, one of which is Multi-Object Adaptive Optics (MOAO). In this scheme, wavefront tomography is performed using a set of LGS and NGS in either a completely open-loop manner, or in a configuration that is only closed-loop with respect to only one DM, probably the adaptive M4 of the E-ELT. The fine wavefront correction required for each subfield is then applied in a completely open-loop fashion by independent DMs within each separate optical relay. The novelty of this scheme is such that on-sky demonstration is required prior to final construction of an E-ELT instrument. The CANARY project will implement a single channel of an MOAO system on the 4.2m William Herschel Telescope. This will be a comprehensive demonstration, which will be phased to include pure NGS, low-order NGS-LGS and high-order woofer-tweeter NGS-LGS configurations. The LGSs used for these demonstrations will be Rayleigh systems, where the variable range-gate height and extension can be used to simulate many of the LGS effects on the E-ELT. We describe the requirements for the various phases of MOAO demonstration, the corresponding CANARY configurations and capabilities and the current conceptual designs of the various subsystems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 July 2008
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7015, Adaptive Optics Systems, 70150E (10 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.789544
Show Author Affiliations
Richard M. Myers, Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)
Zoltán Hubert, Observatoire de Paris (France)
Timothy J. Morris, Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)
Eric Gendron, Observatoire de Paris (France)
Nigel A. Dipper, Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)
Aglaé Kellerer, Observatoire de Paris (France)
Stephen J. Goodsell, Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)
Gérard Rousset, Observatoire de Paris (France)
Eddy Younger, Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)
Michel Marteaud, Observatoire de Paris (France)
Alastair G. Basden, Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)
Fanny Chemla, Observatoire de Paris (France)
C. Dani Guzman, Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)
Thierry Fusco, ONERA (France)
Deli Geng, Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)
Brice Le Roux, Observatoire Astronomique de Marseille-Provence (France)
Mark A. Harrison, Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)
Andrew J. Longmore, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)
Laura K. Young, Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)
Fabrice Vidal, Observatoire de Paris (France)
Alan H. Greenaway, Heriot-Watt Univ. (United Kingdom)

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

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