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Atmosphere and telescope simulator for new adaptive optics methods development
Author(s): Javier Moreno Raso; Javier Serrano; Heribert Argelaguet; Mikel Lamensans; Jonatan González; Alberto Martín; Carmen Pastor; Gonzalo Ramos; Tomás Belenguer; Antonio Sánchez; Luis F. Rodríguez-Ramos
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Paper Abstract

The IACAT (IAC Atmosphere and Telescope) Simulator is an Optical Ground Support Equipment which simulates atmospheric turbulence and reproduces the performance of three very different telescopes: GTC and WHT, located at the Observatorio Del Roque de los Muchachos in La Palma (Canary Islands), and OGS which is located at the Observatorio Del Teide in Tenerife (Canary Islands). Its mission is to provide Scientists with the same measurement conditions as the real telescope but in a friendly laboratory environment, to assist in the development of new adaptive optics methods based on FPGAs. The most important telescope characteristics are simulated, such as f number, pupil size and position, magnification, central obscuration, etc. Up to 13 stellar objects can be created, individually or as binary stars with specific angular separations down to miliarcseconds. For the atmosphere simulation, it allows the creation of three different turbulence layers concurrently with different altitude and wind speed ranges.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 July 2010
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7736, Adaptive Optics Systems II, 77364B (28 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.856252
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Javier Moreno Raso, LIDAX (Spain)
Javier Serrano, LIDAX (Spain)
Heribert Argelaguet, LIDAX (Spain)
Mikel Lamensans, LIDAX (Spain)
Jonatan González, LIDAX (Spain)
Alberto Martín, LIDAX (Spain)
Carmen Pastor, Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial (Spain)
Gonzalo Ramos, Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial (Spain)
Tomás Belenguer, Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial (Spain)
Antonio Sánchez, Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial (Spain)
Luis F. Rodríguez-Ramos, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7736:
Adaptive Optics Systems II
Brent L. Ellerbroek; Michael Hart; Norbert Hubin; Peter L. Wizinowich, Editor(s)

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