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Paper Abstract

Gemini Observatory has been awarded a major funding from the National Science Foundation to build a complete new state of the art multi-conjugate adaptive optics system for Gemini North. The system will be designed to provide an MCAO facility delivering close to diffraction limit correction in the near-infrared over a 2 arcminutes field of view and feed imaging and spectroscopic instruments. We present in this paper the results of the conceptual design phase with details on the new proposed laser guide star facilities and adaptive optics bench. We will present results on the performance simulation assessments as well as the developed selected science cases.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 January 2020
PDF: 3 pages
Proc. SPIE 11203, Advances in Optical Astronomical Instrumentation 2019, 112030N (3 January 2020); doi: 10.1117/12.2539706
Show Author Affiliations
Gaetano Sivo, Gemini South Observatory (Chile)
David Palmer, Gemini North Observatory (United States)
Julia Scahrwächter, Gemini North Observatory (United States)
Morten Andersen, Gemini South Observatory (Chile)
Natalie Provost, Gemini South Observatory (Chile)
Eduardo Marin, Gemini South Observatory (Chile)
Marcos van Dam, Flat Wavefronts (New Zealand)
Brian Chinn, Gemini South Observatory (Chile)
Emmanuel Chirre, Gemini South Observatory (Chile)
Charles Cavedoni, Gemini North Observatory (United States)
Thomas Schneider, Gemini North Observatory (United States)
Stacy Kang, Gemini North Observatory (United States)
Paul Hirst, Gemini North Observatory (United States)
William Rambold, Gemini North Observatory (United States)
Angelic Ebbers, Gemini North Observatory (United States)
Pedro Gigoux, Gemini South Observatory (Chile)
Laure Catala, Gemini North Observatory (United States)
Thomas Hayward, Gemini South Observatory (Chile)
John Blakeslee, Gemini South Observatory (Chile)
Henry Roe, Gemini South Observatory (Chile)
Jennifer Lotz, Gemini Observatory (United States)
Scot Kleinman, Gemini North Observatory (United States)
Suresh Sivanandam, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
Anja Krause, The Univ. of Chicago (United States)
Mark Ammons, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Chadwick Trujillo, Northern Arizona Univ. (United States)
Chris Packham, The Univ. of Texas at San Antonio (United States)
Franck Marchis, Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (United States)
Julian Christou, Large Binocular Telescope Observatory (United States)
James Jee, Younsei Univ. (Korea, Republic of)
John Bally, Univ. of Colorado Boulder (United States)
Mike Pierce, Univ. of Wyoming (United States)
Thomas Puzia, Pontificia Univ. Catolica (Chile)
Paolo Turri, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
Hwihyun Kim, Gemini South Observatory (Chile)
Meg Schwamb, Gemini North Observatory (United States)
Trent Dupuy, Gemini North Observatory (United States)
Ruben Diaz, Gemini South Observatory (Chile)
Rodrigo Carrasco, Gemini South Observatory (Chile)
Benoit Neichel, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille (France)
Carlos Correia, Keck Observatory (United States)
Eric Steinbring, Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics (Canada)
François Rigaut, The Australian National Univ. (Australia)
Jean-Pierre Véran, Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics (Canada)
Mark Chun, Institute for Astronomy (United States)
Masen Lamb, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
Scott Chapman, Dalhousie Univ. (Canada)
Simone Esposito, Osservatorio Astronomico di Arcetri (Italy)
Thierry Fusco, Office national d'études et de recherches aérospatiales (France)
Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11203:
Advances in Optical Astronomical Instrumentation 2019
Simon C. Ellis; Céline d'Orgeville, Editor(s)

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