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Adaptive optics at the University of Hawaii III: the adaptive optical PSF
Author(s): Malcolm J. Northcott; Claude A. Roddier
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Paper Abstract

In this paper we discuss the performance of low order adaptive optics (AO) systems. We present improved calculations of Strehl ratio achievable at various D/ro ratios for AO systems up to 7th order. Additionally we present calculations concerning the throughput of low order AO systems used in conjunction with spectrometers. We then show the results of a detailed simulation of the expected interaction of the University of Hawaii prototype AO system with spectrometers through the V,I,J,H,K optical bands. This simulation shows that AO spectroscopy performance should always be acceptable in the near IR (J,H,K), and often in the visible (V,I). We show the results of our initial efforts at deconvolving the AO PSF. These results indicate that deconvolution is likely to be quite widely applicable to AO images. Finally we discuss how it might be possible to extend the applicability and accuracy of deconvolution using the AO drive and wavefront error signals. The following results are for on-axis system, the effects of atmospheric anisoplanitism have not been addressed in this paper.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 May 1994
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2201, Adaptive Optics in Astronomy, (31 May 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.176023
Show Author Affiliations
Malcolm J. Northcott, Univ. of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy (United States)
Claude A. Roddier, Univ. of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2201:
Adaptive Optics in Astronomy
Mark A. Ealey; Fritz Merkle, Editor(s)

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