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Which range of magnitudes for layer-oriented MCAO?
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Paper Abstract

Layer Oriented MCAO is a promising technique attempting to perform wide field of view correction with Natural Guide Stars. In the extended concept of Multiple Field of View Layer Oriented MCAO the wavefront sensor field of view is enlarged to collect more photons from more Natural Guide Stars and, in principle, significant sky coverages at any galactic latitude are achieved using only Natural Guide Stars. In this paper we address the problem of finding the best magnitude range for the Natural Guide Stars in order to achieve the best correction with the largest sky coverage in the Layer Oriented Multiple Field of View. For a given Field of View and sky direction we consider only the Natural Guide Stars within a given brightness range and we compute the equivalent integrated magnitude. Then we correlate the contribution in sky coverage of the previously considered Natural Guide Stars and we extrapolate which is the magnitude class giving the largest sky coverage. Once identified the more suitable Natural Guide Star magnitude class we discuss the possible implications in the design of a Multiple Field of View Layer Oriented wavefront sensor and we give the order of magnitude for the main parameters, i.e., maximum number of Natural Guide Stars and detector characteristics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 February 2003
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4839, Adaptive Optical System Technologies II, (7 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.458944
Show Author Affiliations
Enrico Marchetti, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Roberto Ragazzoni, Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri (Italy)
Emiliano Diolaiti, Univ. degli Studi di Padova (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4839:
Adaptive Optical System Technologies II
Peter L. Wizinowich; Domenico Bonaccini, Editor(s)

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