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Tip/tilt point spread function reconstruction for laser guide star multi-conjugate adaptive optics
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Paper Abstract

In adaptive optics systems employing laser guide stars, the tip/tilt contribution to the long exposure point spread function must be estimated separately from the high-order tip/tilt removed point spread function because this component is estimated separately from a single or multiple low-order natural guide star wavefront sensors. This paper investigates this problem for laser guide star multi conjugate adaptive optics. The approach is based on the scheme developed by Flicker in 2003 [1], and consists in post-processing the measurement covariance matrix of multiple low-order natural guide star wavefront sensors controlling tip/tilt and tilt anisoplanatism. An innovative simulation model based "balanced" algorithm is introduced to capture error terms not accounted for in Flicker's algorithm. Sample enclosed energy results for the Thirty Meter Telescope multi conjugate adaptive optics system demonstrate the superiority of the balanced method and call for further analytical work and experimental validation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 2012
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8447, Adaptive Optics Systems III, 844729 (1 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.926928
Show Author Affiliations
L. Gilles, Thirty Meter Telescope Observatory Corp. (United States)
C. Correia, NRC Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics (Canada)
J.-P. Véran, NRC Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics (Canada)
L. Wang, Thirty Meter Telescope Observatory Corp. (United States)
B. L. Ellerbroek, Thirty Meter Telescope Observatory Corp. (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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