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Robo-AO: autonomous and replicable laser-adaptive-optics and science system

Baranec, C. and Riddle, R. and Ramaprakash, A. N. and Law, N. and Tendulkar, S. and Kulkarni, S. R. and Dekany, R. and Bui, K. and Davis, J. and Burse, M. and Das, H. and Hildebrandt, S. and Punnadi, S. and Smith, R. (2012) Robo-AO: autonomous and replicable laser-adaptive-optics and science system. In: Adaptive Optics Systems III. Proceedings of SPIE. No.8447. Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) , Bellingham, WA, Art. No. 844704. ISBN 978-0-8194-9148-0.

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We have created a new autonomous laser-guide-star adaptive-optics (AO) instrument on the 60-inch (1.5-m) telescope at Palomar Observatory called Robo-AO. The instrument enables diffraction-limited resolution observing in the visible and near-infrared with the ability to observe well over one-hundred targets per night due to its fully robotic operation. Robo-AO is being used for AO surveys of targets numbering in the thousands, rapid AO imaging of transient events and long-term AO monitoring not feasible on large diameter telescope systems. We have taken advantage of cost-effective advances in deformable mirror and laser technology while engineering Robo-AO with the intention of cloning the system for other few-meter class telescopes around the world.

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Additional Information:© 2012 SPIE. The Robo-AO system is supported by collaborating partner institutions, the California Institute of Technology and the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, by the National Science Foundation under Grant Nos. AST-0906060 and AST-0960343, by a grant from the Mt.Cuba Astronomical Foundation and by a gift from Samuel Oschin. The infrared camera upgrade is additionally supported in part by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. AST-1207891 and by the Office of Naval Research under grant N00014-11-1-0903. We are grateful for the continued support of the Palomar Observatory staff for their ongoing support of Robo-AO on the 60-inch telescope, particularly S. Kunsman, M. Doyle, J. Henning, R. Walters, G. Van Idsinga, B. Baker, K. Dunscombe and D. Roderick.
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Subject Keywords:Adaptive optics, lasers, wavefront sensing, astronomy, robotics
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Issue or Number:8447
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Official Citation:Robo-AO: autonomous and replicable laser-adaptive-optics and science system C. Baranec, R. Riddle, A. N. Ramaprakash, N. Law, S. Tendulkar, S. Kulkarni, R. Dekany, K. Bui, J. Davis, M. Burse, H. Das, S. Hildebrandt, S. Punnadi, R. Smith Proc. SPIE 8447, Adaptive Optics Systems III, 844704 (September 13, 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.924867
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