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A Near Infrared Astronomical Adaptive Optics System
Author(s): L. Goad; J. Beckers
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Paper Abstract

We describe an adaptive optics system designed to obtain diffraction limited imaging in the near infrared (~2 microns) with the Mayall 4-meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory. The basic system consists of a 55 element adaptive mirror, a 37 element Hartmann-Shack wavefront sensor, and a dedicated microprocessor for analysis of sensor data and active mirror control. This polychromatic adaptive optics system utilizes the visible radiation from a semi-stellar source, or nearby star, for wavefront sensing while imaging the near-infrared radiation on an InSb array detector. Recent laboratory tests of the working system are summarized.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 September 1989
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1114, Active Telescope Systems, (20 September 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.960812
Show Author Affiliations
L. Goad, National Optical Astronomy Observatories (United States)
J. Beckers, European Southern Observatory (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1114:
Active Telescope Systems
Francois J. Roddier, Editor(s)

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