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Science with ESO's Multi-conjugate Adaptive-optics Demonstrator - MAD
Author(s): Jorge Melnick; Enrico Marchetti; Paola Amico
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Paper Abstract

ESO's Multi-conjugate Adaptive-optics Demonstrator (MAD) was a prototype designed and built to demonstrate wide-field adaptive optics science on large telescopes. The outstanding results obtained during commissioning and guaranteed time observations (GTO) prompted ESO to issue and open call to the community for 23 science demonstration (SD) observing nights distributed in three runs (in order to provide access to the summer an winter skies). Thus, in total MAD was used for science for 33 nights including the 10 nights of GTO time. date, 19 articles in refereed journals (including one in Nature) have been published based fully or partially o MAD data. To the best of our knowledge, these are not only the first, but also the only scientific publication from MCAO instruments world-wide to date (at least in Astronomy). The scientific impact of these publication, as measured by the h-index, is comparable to that of other AO instruments on the VLT, although over the years these instruments have been allocated many more nights than MAD. In this contribution we present an overview of the scientific results from MAD and a more detailed discussion of the most cited papers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 September 2012
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 8447, Adaptive Optics Systems III, 84470M (13 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.925185
Show Author Affiliations
Jorge Melnick, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Enrico Marchetti, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Paola Amico, European Southern Observatory (Germany)

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

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