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Adaptive optics performance simulation on the basis of MASS/DIMM data obtained on Mt. Shatdzhatmaz in 2009–2011
Author(s): Boris S. Safonov
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Paper Abstract

On the basis of 95500 MASS/DIMM measurements of optical turbulence profile obtained on Mt. Shatdzhatmaz in 2009-2011 we have constructed 2 atmosphere models for this summit: one consisting of 9 typical turbulence profiles, and other of 300 randomly selected profiles. Profiles represent Cn2 and wind speed values estimated at 13 standard MASS altitudes. We discuss advantages and disadvantages of these models from the point of view of AO simulation. We used these models as input parameters in analytical simulation (PAOLA tool) of AO system of future 2.5-m telescope of SAI. This simulation was used to estimate optimal parameters of this system and performance characteristics corresponding to these parameters. Second 300-profiles atmosphere model allowed to evaluate the performance in terms of statistical distributions of metrics. E.g. for subaperture size 0.35 m and optimizable exposure (lower limit 2 ms), the NGS AO system will deliver Strehl ratio more than 0.46 in R-band using R=13 guide star for 10% of time.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 September 2012
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 8447, Adaptive Optics Systems III, 84475K (13 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.925711
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Boris S. Safonov, Moscow MV Lomonosov State Univ., Sternberg Astronomical Institute (Russian Federation)

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

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