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Soapy: an adaptive optics simulation written purely in Python for rapid concept development
Author(s): Andrew Reeves
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Paper Abstract

Soapy is a newly developed Adaptive Optics (AO) simulation which aims be a flexible and fast to use tool-kit for many applications in the field of AO. It is written purely in the Python language, adding to and taking advantage of the already rich ecosystem of scientific libraries and programs. The simulation has been designed to be extremely modular, such that each component can be used stand-alone for projects which do not require a full end-to-end simulation. Ease of use, modularity and code clarity have been prioritised at the expense of computational performance. Though this means the code is not yet suitable for large studies of Extremely Large Telescope AO systems, it is well suited to education, exploration of new AO concepts and investigations of current generation telescopes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 July 2016
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 9909, Adaptive Optics Systems V, 99097F (27 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2232438
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Andrew Reeves, Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9909:
Adaptive Optics Systems V
Enrico Marchetti; Laird M. Close; Jean-Pierre Véran, Editor(s)

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