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KAPAO first light: the design, construction and operation of a low-cost natural guide star adaptive optics system

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Scott A. Severson, Katherine E. Badham, Blaine N. Gilbreth

Sonoma State Univ. (United States)

Philip I. Choi, Dalton Bolger, Daniel S. Contreras, Erik Littleton, Joseph Long, Lorcan P. McGonigle, William A. Morrison, Fernando Ortega, Alex R. Rudy, Jonathan R. Wong

Pomona College (United States)

Christian Guerrero, Erik Spjut

Harvey Mudd College (United States)

Christoph Baranec

Institute for Astronomy, Univ. of Hawai'i (United States)

Reed Riddle

California Institute of Technology (United States)

Proc. SPIE 9148, Adaptive Optics Systems IV, 914839 (July 21, 2014); doi:10.1117/12.2056961
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  • Adaptive Optics Systems IV
  • Enrico Marchetti; Laird M. Close; Jean-Pierre Véran
  • Montréal, Quebec, Canada | June 22, 2014

abstract

We present the instrument design and first light observations of KAPAO, a natural guide star adaptive optics (AO) system for the Pomona College Table Mountain Observatory (TMO) 1-meter telescope. The KAPAO system has dual science channels with visible and near-infrared cameras, a Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor, and a commercially available 140-actuator MEMS deformable mirror. The pupil relays are two pairs of custom off-axis parabolas and the control system is based on a version of the Robo-AO control software. The AO system and telescope are remotely operable, and KAPAO is designed to share the Cassegrain focus with the existing TMO polarimeter. We discuss the extensive integration of undergraduate students in the program including the multiple senior theses/capstones and summer assistantships amongst our partner institutions. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0960343. © (2014) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.
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Scott A. Severson ; Philip I. Choi ; Katherine E. Badham ; Dalton Bolger ; Daniel S. Contreras, et al.
" KAPAO first light: the design, construction and operation of a low-cost natural guide star adaptive optics system ", Proc. SPIE 9148, Adaptive Optics Systems IV, 914839 (July 21, 2014); doi:10.1117/12.2056961; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.2056961


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