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Development of an enhanced adaptive optics system for the Lick Observatory Shane 3-meter Telescope
Author(s): Donald T. Gavel
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Paper Abstract

We present our plans for a second-generation laser guide star adaptive optics system for the 3-meter Shane Telescope at Lick Observatory. The Shane hosted the first groundbreaking experiments in sodium laser guidestar adaptive optics, with observations starting in 1996, and provides for regular astronomical science observing to this day. The replacement new generation system will incorporate many of the recent advancements in AO technology and lessons learned from laboratory and on-sky experiments in order to provide higher Strehl, higher sensitivity, and greater wavelength coverage for astronomers. The proposed system uses a 32x32 actuator MEMS deformable mirror, along with higher sensitivity wavefront sensor, and a new fiber laser developed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Our experiences from the Villages project, reported at earlier Photonics West meetings, provide much of the basis for the new system design.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 February 2011
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7931, MEMS Adaptive Optics V, 793103 (11 February 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.876413
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Donald T. Gavel, Univ. of California Observatories (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7931:
MEMS Adaptive Optics V
Scot S. Olivier; Thomas G. Bifano; Joel A. Kubby, Editor(s)

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