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The Magellan Telescope Adaptive Secondary AO System: a visible and mid-IR AO facility
Author(s): Laird M. Close; Victor Gasho; Derek Kopon; Jared Males; Katherine B. Follette; Kevin Brutlag; Alan Uomoto; Tyson Hare
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Paper Abstract

The Magellan Clay telescope is a 6.5m Gregorian telescope located in Chile at Las Campanas Observatory. The Gregorian design allows for an adaptive secondary mirror that can be tested off-sky in a straightforward manner. We have fabricated a 85 cm diameter aspheric adaptive secondary with our subcontractors and partners, the ASM passed acceptance tests in July 2010. This secondary has 585 actuators with <1 msec response times (0.7 ms typically). This adaptive secondary will allow low emissivity AO science. We will achieve very high Strehls (~98%) in the Mid-IR (3-26 microns) with the BLINC/MIRAC4 Mid-IR science camera. This will allow the first "super-resolution" and nulling Mid-IR studies of dusty southern objects. We will employ a high order (585 mode) pyramid wavefront sensor similar to that now successfully used at the Large Binocular Telescope. The relatively high actuator count will allow modest Strehls to be obtained in the visible (0.63-1.05 μm). Moderate (~20%) Strehls have already been obtained at 0.8 μm at the LBT with the same powerful combination of a next generation ASM and Pyramid WFS as we are providing for Magellan. Our visible light AO (VisAO) science camera is fed by an advanced triplet ADC and is piggy-backed on the WFS optical board. We have designed an additional "clean-up" very fast (2 kHz) tilt stabilization system for VisAO. Also a high-speed shutter will be used to block periods of poor correction. The VisAO facility can be reconfigured to feed an optical IFU spectrograph with 20 mas spaxels. The entire system passed CDR in June 2009, and is now finished the fabrication phase and is entering the integration phase. The system science and performance requirements, and an overview the design, interface and schedule for the Magellan AO system are presented here.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 July 2010
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7736, Adaptive Optics Systems II, 773605 (14 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857924
Show Author Affiliations
Laird M. Close, Steward Observatory, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Victor Gasho, Steward Observatory, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Derek Kopon, Steward Observatory, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Jared Males, Steward Observatory, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Katherine B. Follette, Steward Observatory, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Kevin Brutlag, Steward Observatory, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Alan Uomoto, Carnegie Observatories (United States)
Tyson Hare, Carnegie 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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