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First light adaptive optics systems and components for the Thirty Meter Telescope

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Brent Ellerbroek, Corinne Boyer, Luc Gilles, Lianqi Wang

TMT Observatory Corp. (USA)

Sean Adkins

W.M. Keck Observatory (USA)

David Andersen, Jennifer Atwood, Peter Byrnes, Kris Caputa, Daren Erikson, Joeleff Fitzsimmons, Glen Herriot, John Pazder, Vladimir Reshetov, Scott Roberts, Matthias Schoeck, Malcolm Smith, Jean-Pierre Veran, Ivan Wevers

NRC Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics (Canada)

Steve Browne, Glenn Tyler, Jeff Vaughn

The Optical Sciences Co. (USA)

Rodolphe Conan, Olivier Lardier

Univ. of Victoria (Canada)

Raphael Cousty, Pierre Morin, Jean-Christophe Sinquin

CILAS (France)

Frederick Gamache, David Quinn

Lyrtech Inc. (Canada)

Paul Hickson, Thomas Pfrommer

The Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)

Curt Vogel

Montana State Univ. (USA)

Proc. SPIE 7736, Adaptive Optics Systems II, 773604 (July 12, 2010); doi:10.1117/12.856503
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  • Adaptive Optics Systems II
  • Brent L. Ellerbroek; Michael Hart; Norbert Hubin; Peter L. Wizinowich
  • San Diego, California, USA | June 27, 2010


Adaptive optics (AO) is essential for many elements of the science case for the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT). The initial requirements for the observatory's facility AO system include diffraction-limited performance in the near IR, with 50 per cent sky coverage at the galactic pole. Point spread function uniformity and stability over a 30 arc sec field-ofview are also required for precision photometry and astrometry. These capabilities will be achieved via an order 60×60 multi-conjugate AO system (NFIRAOS) with two deformable mirrors, six laser guide star wavefront sensors, and three low-order, IR, natural guide star wavefront sensors within each client instrument. The associated laser guide star facility (LGSF) will employ 150W of laser power at a wavelength of 589 nm to generate the six laser guide stars. We provide an update on the progress in designing, modeling, and validating these systems and their components over the last two years. This includes work on the layouts and detailed designs of NFIRAOS and the LGSF; fabrication and test of a full-scale prototype tip/tilt stage (TTS); Conceptual Designs Studies for the real time controller (RTC) hardware and algorithms; fabrication and test of the detectors for the laser- and natural-guide star wavefront sensors; AO system modeling and performance optimization; lab tests of wavefront sensing algorithms for use with elongated laser guide stars; and high resolution LIDAR measurements of the mesospheric sodium layer. Further details may be found in specific papers on each of these topics.

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Brent Ellerbroek ; Sean Adkins ; David Andersen ; Jennifer Atwood ; Steve Browne, et al.
"First light adaptive optics systems and components for the Thirty Meter Telescope", Proc. SPIE 7736, Adaptive Optics Systems II, 773604 (July 12, 2010); doi:10.1117/12.856503; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.856503

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