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Villages: an on-sky visible wavelength astronomy AO experiment using a MEMS deformable mirror

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Donald Gavel, Daren Dillon, Marco Reinig, Christopher Lockwood, Kathleen Morzinski, Mark Ammons, Elinor Gates, Bryant Grigsby

UCO/Lick Observatory, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz

Scott Severson

Sonoma State Univ.

Brian Bauman, Dave Palmer

Lawrence Livermore National Lab.

Proc. SPIE 6888, MEMS Adaptive Optics II, 688804 (February 06, 2008); doi:10.1117/12.772406
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  • MEMS Adaptive Optics II
  • Scot S. Olivier; Thomas G. Bifano; Joel A. Kubby
  • San Jose, CA | January 19, 2008

abstract

The MEMS-AO/Villages project consists of a series of on-sky experiments that will demonstrate key new technologies for the next generation of adaptive optics systems for large telescopes. One of our first goals is to demonstrate the use of a micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) deformable mirror as the wavefront correcting element. The system is mounted the 1-meter Nickel Telescope at the UCO/Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton. It uses a 140 element (10 subapertures across) MEMS deformable mirror and is designed to produce diffraction-limited images at wavelengths from 0.5 to 1.0 microns. The system had first light on the telescope in October 2007. Here we report on the results of initial on-sky tests.

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Donald Gavel ; Scott Severson ; Brian Bauman ; Daren Dillon ; Marco Reinig, et al.
"Villages: an on-sky visible wavelength astronomy AO experiment using a MEMS deformable mirror", Proc. SPIE 6888, MEMS Adaptive Optics II, 688804 (February 06, 2008); doi:10.1117/12.772406; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.772406


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