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SLODAR turbulence monitors for real-time support of astronomical adaptive optics
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We describe the current status of the SLODAR optical turbulence monitors, developed at Durham University, for support of adaptive optics for astronomy. SLODAR systems have been installed and operated at the Cerro Paranal and Mauna Kea observatories, and a third will be deployed at the South African Astronomical Observatory in 2008. The instruments provide real-time measurements of the atmospheric turbulence strength, altitude and velocity. We summarize the capabilities of the systems and describe recent enhancements. Comparisons of contemporaneous data obtained with SLODAR, MASS and DIMM monitors at the ESO Paranal site are presented.

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Date Published: 14 July 2008
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7015, Adaptive Optics Systems, 70154K (14 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.790328
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Richard Wilson, Univ. of Durham (United Kingdom)
Timothy Butterley, Univ. of Durham (United Kingdom)
Marc Sarazin, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Gianluca Lombardi, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Mark Chun, Institute for Astronomy, Univ. of Hawaii (United States)
Samuel Benigni, Institute for Astronomy, Univ. of Hawaii (United States)
Donald Weir, Institute for Astronomy, Univ. of Hawaii (United States)
Remy Avila, Instituto de Astronomia, UNAM (Mexico)
Jose-Luis Aviles, Instituto de Astronomia, UNAM (Mexico)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7015:
Adaptive Optics Systems
Norbert Hubin; Claire E. Max; Peter L. Wizinowich, Editor(s)

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