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An overview of AONGC and the ESO adaptive optics wave front sensing camera
Author(s): Javier Reyes; Mark Downing; Ralf Conzelmann; Leander Mehrgan; Joerg Stegmeier; Mirko Todorovic; Ignacio Molina-Conde
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Paper Abstract

The detector controller requirements for Adaptive Optics (AO) cameras presents numerous challenges in the design of the electronics, all of which have led to highly customized controller development in order to meet the requirements of high frame rate, low-noise and low image latency in a compact sized camera. This paper presents an overview of the ESO AOWFS camera and AONGC, the Adaptive Optics ESO's new detector controller; the challenges and excellent progress in achieving detector limited performance from the e2v EMCCD CCD220, along with test results demonstrating sub-electron read noise at frame rates in excess of 1500 Hz. Pre-series cameras have been delivered for use in 2nd Generation VLT instruments (AOF and SPHERE).

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 September 2012
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 8447, Adaptive Optics Systems III, 84476A (13 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.926303
Show Author Affiliations
Javier Reyes, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Mark Downing, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Ralf Conzelmann, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Leander Mehrgan, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Joerg Stegmeier, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Mirko Todorovic, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Ignacio Molina-Conde, Univ. of Malaga (Spain)


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

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