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New method of fabricating phase screens for simulated atmospheric turbulence
Author(s): Rachel Rampy; Donald Gavel; Daren Dillon; Sandrine Thomas
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Paper Abstract

The ability to simulate atmospheric turbulence is a crucial part of enabling adaptive optics technology to function and evolve. We report a new technique of creating phase plates developed at the Laboratory for Adaptive Optics (LAO) which involves the application of clear acrylic paint onto a transparent substrate. Results of interferometric characterization of these plates is described and compared to Kolmolgorov statistics. These plates have been successfully used in the Multi-Conjugate Adaptive Optics (MCAO) testbed and as part of the Villages (Visible Light Laser Guidestar Experiments) calibration system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 July 2010
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7736, Adaptive Optics Systems II, 77362Y (28 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.856517
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Rachel Rampy, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (United States)
Donald Gavel, Univ. of California Observatories (United States)
Daren Dillon, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (United States)
Sandrine Thomas, Univ. of California Observatories (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7736:
Adaptive Optics Systems II
Brent L. Ellerbroek; Michael Hart; Norbert Hubin; Peter L. Wizinowich, Editor(s)

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