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Palomar adaptive optics project: status and performance

Troy, M. and Dekany, R. and Brack, G. and Oppenheimer, B. and Bloemhof, E. and Trinh, T. and Dekens, F. and Shi, F. and Hayward, T. and Brandl, B. (2000) Palomar adaptive optics project: status and performance. In: Adaptive Optical Systems Technology. Proceedings of SPIE. No.4007. Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) , Bellingham, WA, pp. 31-40. ISBN 9780819436320.

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We describe the current performance of the Palomar 200 inch (5 m) adaptive optics system, which in December of 1998 achieved its first high order (241 actuators) lock on a natural guide star. In the K band (2.2 micrometer), the system has achieved Strehl ratios as high as 50% in the presence of 1.0 arcsecond seeing (0.5 micrometer). Predictions of the system's performance based on the analysis of real-time wavefront sensor telemetry data and an analysis based on a fitted Kolmogorov atmospheric model are shown to both agree with the observed science image performance. Performance predictions for various seeing conditions are presented and an analysis of the error budget is used to show which subsystems limit the performance of the AO system under various atmospheric conditions.

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Additional Information:© 2000 Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Observations at the Palomar Observatory were made as part of a continuing collaborative agreement between Palomar Observatory and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Subject Keywords:Adaptive optics, telescopes, instrumentation, atmospheric characterization
Series Name:Proceedings of SPIE
Issue or Number:4007
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Official Citation:Mitchell Troy, Richard G. Dekany, Gary L. Brack, Ben R. Oppenheimer, Eric E. Bloemhof, Thang Trinh, Frank G. Dekens, Fang Shi, Thomas L. Hayward, Bernhard Rainer Brandl, "Palomar adaptive optics project: status and performance", Proc. SPIE 4007, Adaptive Optical Systems Technology, (7 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.390302;
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