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Title: First light adaptive optics systems and components for the Thirty Meter Telescope.
Author: Hickson, Paul; Pfrommer, Thomas
Issue Date: 2010
Publicly Available in cIRcle 2011-09-19
Publisher Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers
Citation: Ellerbroek, Brent L.; Adkins, Sean; Andersen, David; Atwood, Jennifer; Browne, Steve; Boyer, Corinne; Byrnes, Peter; Caputa, Kris; Conan, Rodolphe; Cousty, Raphael; Erikson, Daren; Fitzsimmons, Joeleff; Gamache, Frederick: Gilles, Luc; Herriot, Glen; Hickson, Paul; Lardier, Olivier; Morin, Pierre; Pazder, John; Pfrommer, Thomas; Quinn, David; Reshetov, Vladimir; Roberts, Scott; Sinquin, Jean-Christophe;, Schoeck, Matthias; Smith, Malcolm; Tyler, Glenn; Vaughn, Jeff; Veran, Jean-Pierre; Vogel, Curt; Wang, Lianqi; Wevers, Ivan. First light adaptive optics systems and components for the Thirty Meter Telescope. Adaptive Optics Systems II, edited by Brent L. Ellerbroek, Michael Hart, Norbert Hubin, Peter L. Wizinowich. Proceedings of SPIE Volume 7736, 773604, 2010. http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.856503
Abstract: 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. Copyright 2010 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers. One print or electronic copy may be made for personal use only. Systematic reproduction and distribution, duplication of any material in this paper for a fee or for commercial purposes, or modification of the content of the paper are prohibited.
Affiliation: Physics and Astronomy, Dept of
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/37464
Peer Review Status: Reviewed
Scholarly Level: Faculty

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