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Robo-AO: autonomous and replicable laser-adaptive-optics and science system
Author(s): C. Baranec; R. Riddle; A. N. Ramaprakash; N. Law; S. Tendulkar; S. Kulkarni; R. Dekany; K. Bui; J. Davis; M. Burse; H. Das; S. Hildebrandt; S. Punnadi; R. Smith
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Paper Abstract

We have created a new autonomous laser-guide-star adaptive-optics (AO) instrument on the 60-inch (1.5-m) telescope at Palomar Observatory called Robo-AO. The instrument enables diffraction-limited resolution observing in the visible and near-infrared with the ability to observe well over one-hundred targets per night due to its fully robotic operation. Robo-AO is being used for AO surveys of targets numbering in the thousands, rapid AO imaging of transient events and long-term AO monitoring not feasible on large diameter telescope systems. We have taken advantage of cost-effective advances in deformable mirror and laser technology while engineering Robo-AO with the intention of cloning the system for other few-meter class telescopes around the world.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 September 2012
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 8447, Adaptive Optics Systems III, 844704 (13 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.924867
Show Author Affiliations
C. Baranec, Caltech Optical Observatories (United States)
R. Riddle, Caltech Optical Observatories (United States)
A. N. Ramaprakash, Inter-Univ. Ctr. for Astronomy and Astrophysics (India)
N. Law, Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
S. Tendulkar, Caltech Optical Observatories (United States)
S. Kulkarni, Caltech Optical Observatories (United States)
R. Dekany, Caltech Optical Observatories (United States)
K. Bui, Caltech Optical Observatories (United States)
J. Davis, Caltech Optical Observatories (United States)
M. Burse, Inter-Univ. Ctr. for Astronomy and Astrophysics (India)
H. Das, Inter-Univ. Ctr. for Astronomy and Astrophysics (India)
S. Hildebrandt, Caltech Optical Observatories (United States)
S. Punnadi, Inter-Univ. Ctr. for Astronomy and Astrophysics (India)
R. Smith, Caltech Optical Observatories (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8447:
Adaptive Optics Systems III
Brent L. Ellerbroek; Enrico Marchetti; Jean-Pierre Véran, Editor(s)

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