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Efficient simulation of adaptive optics technologies for the Euro50 telescope
Author(s): Ralf C. Flicker; Patrick C. McGuire
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Paper Abstract

An efficient adaptive optics (AO) simulation code was developed, which enables first-order simulations of extremely high-order systems. The Monte-Carlo-type code employs a sparse conjugate gradient algorithm for wavefront reconstruction, and a separation of spatial frequencies into two domains to economize on the number crunching. High-order multi-conjugate adaptive optics (MCAO) systems are thereby readily simulated on a single standard PC. The code is presently being applied to MCAO design studies for the Euro50 extremely large telescope (ELT), addressing a number of issues not previously subjected to realistic simulation due to the excessive computational load. We report in this paper on the latest results obtained from simulating two specific aspects of the Euro50 AO system: turbulence prediction and laser guide star (LGS) beacon sythesis. The two studies presented here are represetative examples of a number of technology studies being enabled by the new fast simulation codes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 July 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5382, Second Backaskog Workshop on Extremely Large Telescopes, (7 July 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.566318
Show Author Affiliations
Ralf C. Flicker, Lund Observatory (Sweden)
Patrick C. McGuire, Instituto Nacional Tecnica Aeroespacial (Spain)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5382:
Second Backaskog Workshop on Extremely Large Telescopes
Arne L. Ardeberg; Torben Andersen, Editor(s)

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