High resolution spectroscopy made an important step ahead 10 years ago, leading for example to the discovery of numerous exoplanets. But the IR did not benefit from this improvement until very recently. CRIRES will provide a dramatic improvement in the 1-5 micron region in this field. Adaptive optics will allow us increasing both flux and angular resolution on its spectra. This paper describes the adaptive optics of CRIRES, its main limitations, its main components, the principle of its calibration with an overview of the methods used and the very first results obtained since it is installed in the laboratory.
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Jerome Paufique ; Peter Biereichel ; Rob Donaldson ; Bernhard Delabre ; Enrico Fedrigo, et al.
MACAO-CRIRES: a step toward high-resolution spectroscopy
", Proc. SPIE 5490, Advancements in Adaptive Optics, 216 (October 25, 2004); doi:10.1117/12.551675; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.551675