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The SPHERE XAO system: design and performance
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Paper Abstract

Extreme adaptive optics system (SAXO) is the heart of the SPHERE instrument which aims at directly detect and characterize giant extra-solar planets from the ground. It should equip one of the four VLT 8-m telescopes at the end of 2010. We present a detailed design and architecture of the SAXO system. We focus on each critical point that has been solved during the preliminary design phase. It concerns the adaptive optics system itself but also the interaction with other SPHERE subsystems (such as coronagraphy) and focal plane instrumentation (dual band imager, integral field spectroscopy and polarimetric imager). Acceptance and integration tests of SAXO are discussed. Finally, detailed performance of the whole system and comparison to the science requirements are provided.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 July 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7015, Adaptive Optics Systems, 70151U (12 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.790308
Show Author Affiliations
Cyril Petit, ONERA (France)
Thierry Fusco, ONERA (France)
Julien Charton, Lab. d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
David Mouillet, Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées (France)
Patrick Rabou, Lab. d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
Tristan Buey, LESIA, Observatoire de Paris (France)
Gérard Rousset, LESIA, Observatoire de Paris (France)
Jean-François Sauvage, ONERA (France)
Pierre Baudoz, LESIA, Observatoire de Paris (France)
Pierre Gigan, LESIA, Observatoire de Paris (France)
Markus Kasper, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Enrico Fedrigo, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Norbert Hubin, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Philippe Feautrier, Lab. d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
Jean-Luc Beuzit, Lab. d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
Pascal Puget, LESIA, Observatoire de Paris (France)


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

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