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Paper Abstract

We provide an update on the development of the first light adaptive optics systems for the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) over the past two years. The first light AO facility for TMT consists of the Narrow Field Infra-Red AO System (NFIRAOS) and the associated Laser Guide Star Facility (LGSF). This order 60 × 60 laser guide star (LGS) multi-conjugate AO (MCAO) architecture will provide uniform, diffraction-limited performance in the J, H, and K bands over 17-30 arc sec diameter fields with 50 per cent sky coverage at the galactic pole, as is required to support TMT science cases. Both NFIRAOS and the LGSF have successfully completed design reviews during the last twelve months. We also report on recent progress in AO component prototyping, control algorithm development, and system performance analysis.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 September 2012
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 8447, Adaptive Optics Systems III, 84471J (13 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.927046
Show Author Affiliations
Brent L. Ellerbroek, Thirty Meter Telescope Observatory Corp. (United States)
Sean M. Adkins, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)
David R. Andersen, National Research Council Canada (Canada)
Jenny Atwood, National Research Council Canada (Canada)
Arnaud Bastard, CILAS (France)
Yong Bo, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry (China)
Marc-Andre Boucher, National Research Council Canada (Canada)
Corinne Boyer, Thirty Meter Telescope Observatory Corp. (United States)
Peter W. G. Byrnes, National Research Council Canada (Canada)
Kris Caputa, National Research Council Canada (Canada)
Shanqiu Chen, Institute of Optics and Electronics (China)
Carlos Correia, National Research Council Canada (Canada)
Raphael Cousty, CILAS (France)
Joeleff T. Fitzsimmons, National Research Council Canada (Canada)
Luc Gilles, Thirty Meter Telescope Observatory Corp. (United States)
James Gregory, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Glen Herriot, National Research Council Canada (Canada)
Paul Hickson, The Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
Alexis Hill, National Research Council Canada (Canada)
John Pazder, National Research Council Canada (Canada)
Hubert Pagès, CILAS (France)
Thomas Pfrommer, The Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
Vladimir A. Reshetov, National Research Council Canada (Canada)
Scott Roberts, National Research Council Canada (Canada)
Jean-Christophe Sinquin, CILAS (France)
Matthias Schoeck, National Research Council Canada (Canada)
Malcolm Smith, National Research Council Canada (Canada)
Jean-Pierre Véran, National Research Council Canada (Canada)
Lianqi Wang, Thirty Meter Telescope Observatory Corp. (United States)
Kai Wei, Institute of Optics and Electronics (China)
Ivan Wevers, National Research Council Canada (Canada)


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

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