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The Gemini MCAO System GeMS: nearing the end of a lab-story
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Paper Abstract

GeMS (the Gemini Multi-conjugated adaptive optics System) is a facility instrument for the Gemini-South telescope. It will deliver a uniform, diffraction-limited image quality at near-infrared (NIR) wavelengths over an extended FoV or more than 1 arcmin across. GeMS is a unique and challenging project from the technological point of view and because of its control complexity. The system includes 5 laser guide stars, 3 natural guide stars, 3 deformable mirrors optically conjugated at 0, 4.5 and 9km and 1 tip-tilt mirror. After 10 years since the beginning of the project, GeMS is finally reaching a state in which all the subsystems have been received, integrated and, in the large part, tested. In this paper, we report on the progress and current status of the different sub-systems with a particular emphasis on the calibrations, control and optimization of the AO bench.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 July 2010
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 7736, Adaptive Optics Systems II, 773606 (28 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.856716
Show Author Affiliations
B. Neichel, Gemini Observatory (Chile)
F. Rigaut, Gemini Observatory (Chile)
M. Bec, Gemini Observatory (Chile)
M. Boccas, Gemini Observatory (Chile)
F. Daruich, Gemini Observatory (Chile)
C. D'Orgeville, Gemini Observatory (Chile)
V. Fesquet, Gemini Observatory (Chile)
R. Galvez, Gemini Observatory (Chile)
A. Garcia-Rissmann, Gemini Observatory (Chile)
G. Gausachs, Gemini Observatory (Chile)
M. Lombini, INAF-Osservatorio Astronomica di Bologna (Italy)
G. Perez, Gemini Observatory (Chile)
G. Trancho, Gemini Observatory (Chile)
V. Upadhya, Gemini Observatory (Chile)
T. Vucina, Gemini Observatory (Chile)


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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