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Statistics of atmospheric turbulence at Cerro Pachon using the GeMS profiler
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Paper Abstract

The knowledge of the atmospheric turbulence profile directly above the telescope using the telemetry from wide-field Adaptive Optics (AO) measurements can be extremely useful for the optimization of the correction in the new generation of AO systems. For this purpose, two techniques have been recently implemented at the Gemini South MCAO System (GeMS); both based on the SLODAR method. The first technique uses a matrix inversion approach of the slopes covariance matrices and the second deconvolves the cross-correlation functions between all combinations of slopes using the auto-correlation responses. The deconvolution approach has proved to be more reliable that the one based on matrices inversion, so we use it for estimating the profiles from on-sky telemetry gathered over three years (2012 - 2014), obtaining statistical parameters of the turbulence at Cerro Pachón. These results are summarized in this article. Particular attention is paid to the occurrence of turbulence in the dome of the Gemini South telescope.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 August 2014
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 9148, Adaptive Optics Systems IV, 914866 (22 August 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2056665
Show Author Affiliations
Ignacio Rodriguez, Pontificia Univ. Católica de Chile (Chile)
Benoit Neichel, Gemini Observatory (Chile)
Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille, CNRS, Aix Marseille Univ. (France)
Clémentine Béchet, Pontificia Univ. Católica de Chile (Chile)
Dani Guzmán, Pontificia Univ. Católica de Chile (Chile)
Andrés Guesalaga, Pontificia Univ. Católica de Chile (Chile)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9148:
Adaptive Optics Systems IV
Enrico Marchetti; Laird M. Close; Jean-Pierre Véran, Editor(s)

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