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Tomographic control for wide field AO systems on extremely large telescopes
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Paper Abstract

We investigate in this article tomographic control using both Laser and Natural Guide Stars (LGS and NGS) in the particular framework of the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) Wide Field Adaptive Optics (WFAO) modules design. A similar global control strategy has been indeed derived for both the Laser Tomographic Adaptive Optics (LTAO) and Multi-Conjugate Adaptive Optics (MCAO) modules of the E-ELT, due to similar constraints. This control strategy leads in both cases to a split control of low order modes measured thanks to NGS and high order modes measured thanks to LGS. We investigate here this split tomographic control, compared to an optimal coupled solution. To support our analysis, a dedicated simulation code has been developed. Indeed, due to the huge complexity of the EELT, fast simulation tools must be considered to explore quickly the tomographic issues. We describe our control strategy which has lead to considering split tomographic control. First results on Tomography for E-ELT WFAO systems are then presented and discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 July 2010
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7736, Adaptive Optics Systems II, 77360I (27 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857093
Show Author Affiliations
C. Petit, ONERA (France)
J.-M. Conan, ONERA (France)
T. Fusco, ONERA (France)
B. Neichel, 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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