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Initial concepts for CELT adaptive optics
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Paper Abstract

The California Extremely Large Telescope (CELT) project has recently completed a 12-month conceptual design phase that has investigated major technology challenges in a number of Observatory subsystems, including adaptive optics (AO). The goal of this effort was not to adopt one or more specific AO architectures. Rather, it was to investigate the feasibility of adaptive optics correction of a 30-meter diameter telescope and to suggest realistic cost ceilings for various adaptive optics capabilities. We present here the key design issues uncovered during conceptual design and present two non-exclusive "baseline" adaptive optics concepts that are expected to be further developed during the following preliminary design phase. Further analysis, detailed engineering trade studies, and certain laboratory and telescope experiments must be performed, and key component technology prototypes demonstrated, prior to adopting one or more adaptive optics systems architectures for realization.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 February 2003
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4839, Adaptive Optical System Technologies II, (7 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.459798
Show Author Affiliations
Richard G. Dekany, Caltech Optical Observatories/California Institute of Technology (United States)
Brian J. Bauman, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Donald T. Gavel, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Mitchell Troy, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Bruce A. Macintosh, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Matthew C. Britton, Caltech Optical Observatories/California Institute of Technology (United States)

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

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