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The Robo-AO software: fully autonomous operation of a laser guide star adaptive optics and science system
Author(s): Reed L. Riddle; Mahesh P. Burse; Nicholas M. Law; Shriharsh P. Tendulkar; Christoph Baranec; Alexander R. Rudy; Marland Sitt; Ankit Arya; Athanasios Papadopoulos; A. N. Ramaprakash; Richard G. Dekany
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Paper Abstract

Robo-AO is the first astronomical laser guide star adaptive optics (AO) system designed to operate completely independent of human supervision. A single computer commands the AO system, the laser guide star, visible and near-infrared science cameras (which double as tip-tip sensors), the telescope, and other instrument functions. Autonomous startup and shutdown sequences as well as concatenated visible observations were demonstrated in late 2011. The fully robotic software is currently operating during a month long demonstration of Robo- AO at the Palomar Observatory 60-inch telescope.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 September 2012
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8447, Adaptive Optics Systems III, 84472O (13 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.925475
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Reed L. Riddle, Caltech Optical Observatories (United States)
Mahesh P. Burse, Inter-Univ. Ctr. for Astronomy and Astrophysics (India)
Nicholas M. Law, Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
Shriharsh P. Tendulkar, Caltech Optical Observatories (United States)
Christoph Baranec, Caltech Optical Observatories (United States)
Alexander R. Rudy, National Central Univ. (Taiwan)
Marland Sitt, Stanford Univ. (United States)
Ankit Arya, Mississippi State Univ. (United States)
Athanasios Papadopoulos, Aristotle Univ. of Thessaloniki (Greece)
A. N. Ramaprakash, Inter-Univ. Ctr. for Astronomy and Astrophysics (India)
Richard G. Dekany, 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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