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W. M. Keck Observatory's next-generation adaptive optics facility

Wizinowich, P. and Dekany, R. and Gavel, D. and Max, C. and Adkins, S. and Bauman, B. and Bell, J. and Bouchez, A. and Britton, M. and Chin, J. and Flicker, R. and Johansson, E. and Kupke, R. and Le Mignant, D. and Lockwood, C. and Medeiros, D. and McGrath, E. and Moore, A. and Neyman, C. and Reinig, M. and Velur, V. (2008) W. M. Keck Observatory's next-generation adaptive optics facility. In: Adaptive Optics Systems. Proceedings of SPIE. No.7015. Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) , Bellingham, WA, Art. No. 701511. ISBN 9780819472250.

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W. M. Keck Observatory (WMKO) is currently engaged in the design of a powerful new Adaptive Optics (AO) science capability providing precision correction in the near-IR, good correction in the visible, and faint object multiplexed integral field spectroscopy. Improved sensitivity will result from significantly higher Strehl ratios over narrow fields (< 30" diameter) and from lower backgrounds. Quantitative astronomy will benefit from improved PSF stability and knowledge. Strehl ratios of 15 to 25% are expected at wavelengths as short as 750 nm. A multi-object AO approach will be taken for the correction of multiple science targets over modest fields of regard (< 2' diameter) and to achieve high sky coverage using AO compensated near-IR tip/tilt sensing. In this paper we present the conceptual design for this system including discussion of the requirements, system architecture, key design features, performance predictions and implementation plans.

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Additional Information:© 2008 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). The W. M. Keck Observatory is operated as a scientific partnership among the California Institute of Technology, the University of California, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The Observatory was made possible by the generous financial support of the W. M. Keck Foundation.
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Subject Keywords:Adaptive Optics, Laser Guide Star, MOAO, Keck Observatory
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Official Citation:P. Wizinowich, R. Dekany, D. Gavel, C. Max, S. Adkins, B. Bauman, J. Bell, A. Bouchez, M. Britton, J. Chin, R. Flicker, E. Johansson, R. Kupke, D. Le Mignant, C. Lockwood, D. Medeiros, E. McGrath, A. Moore, C. Neyman, M. Reinig, V. Velur, "W. M. Keck Observatory's next-generation adaptive optics facility", Proc. SPIE 7015, Adaptive Optics Systems, 701511 (8 August 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.790154;
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