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Near-infrared astronomy with adaptive optics and laser guide stars at the Keck Observatory
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Paper Abstract

A laser guide star adaptive optics system is being built for the W. M. Keck Observatory's 10- meter Keck II telescope. Two new near infra-red instruments will be used with this system: a high-resolution camera (NIRC 2) and an echelle spectrometer (NIRSPEC). We describe the expected capabilities of these instruments for high-resolution astronomy, using adaptive optics with either a natural star or a sodium-layer laser guide star as a reference. We compare the expected performance of these planned Keck adaptive optics instruments with that predicted for the NICMOS near infra-red camera, which is scheduled to be installed on the Hubble Space Telescope in 1997.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 August 1995
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2534, Adaptive Optical Systems and Applications, (25 August 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.217760
Show Author Affiliations
Claire E. Max, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Donald T. Gavel, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Scot S. Olivier, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2534:
Adaptive Optical Systems and Applications
Robert K. Tyson; Robert Q. Fugate, Editor(s)

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