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Initial test results from the Palomar 200-in. adaptive optics system
Author(s): Richard G. Dekany; J. Kent Wallace; Gary L. Brack; Ben R. Oppenheimer; Dean L. Palmer
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Paper Abstract

We present laboratory subsystem test results obtained during integration of the Palomar 200” Adaptive Optics System at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. These results pertain to the 241 actively controlled actuator, Shack-Hartmann sensed, initial delivery of a system optimized for near infrared observation with the 5 meter diameter telescope at Palomar Mountain. This system initially exploits natural guide stars. Our intention is to provide a wide-ranging summary of subsystem performance measurements and several lessons learned. Noteworthy among these results is our measurement of 6.3 ± 0.2 electron read noise performance of our initial WFS camera, based upon a 64 x 64 pixel MIT/LL CCD detector, running at 600 kilopixel per sec per output amplifier. This camera was constructed by SciMeasure Analytical Systems, Inc. of Decatur, GA.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 October 1997
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3126, Adaptive Optics and Applications, (17 October 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.290153
Show Author Affiliations
Richard G. Dekany, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
J. Kent Wallace, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Gary L. Brack, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Ben R. Oppenheimer, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Dean L. Palmer, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3126:
Adaptive Optics and Applications
Robert K. Tyson; Robert Q. Fugate, Editor(s)

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