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Design considerations of the AO module for the Gemini South multiconjugate adaptive optics system

James, E. and Boyer, C. and Buchroeder, R. A. and Ellerbroek, B. L. and Hunten, M. (2003) Design considerations of the AO module for the Gemini South multiconjugate adaptive optics system. In: Adaptive Optical System Technologies II. Proceedings of SPIE. No.4839. Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers , Bellingham, WA, pp. 67-80. ISBN 9780819446183.

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The adaptive optics system for the Gemini South telescope, currently in the design phase, consists of several major subsystem. The largest subsystem, called the AO module, contains most of the optics and electronics and is mounted on one of the Cassegrain instrument ports. The initial system will be a conventional laser guide star AO system, but the plan is to eventually expand it to a multi-conjugate system. The system is being designed to readily add the components necessary to upgrade to a multi-conjugate system. This paper describes the design challenges encountered and solutions that were derived for the AO module design. The complexity of the multi-conjugate version is illustrated, including optical, mechanical, electronic and controls issues.

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Additional Information:© 2003 Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers. This work was supported by the Gemini Observatory, which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., under a cooperative agreement with the NSF on behalf of the Gemini Partnership: the National Science Foundation (United States), the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (United Kingdom), the National Research Council (Canada), CONICYT (Chile), the Australian Research Council (Australia), CNPq (Brazil), and CONICET (Argentina).
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National Research Council of CanadaUNSPECIFIED
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Subject Keywords:Multi-conjugate adaptive optics, laser guide stars, adaptive optical systems
Series Name:Proceedings of SPIE
Issue or Number:4839
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Official Citation:Eric James, Eric James, Corinne Boyer, Corinne Boyer, Richard A. Buchroeder, Richard A. Buchroeder, Brent L. Ellerbroek, Brent L. Ellerbroek, Mark R. Hunten, Mark R. Hunten, } "Design considerations of the AO module for the Gemini South multiconjugate adaptive optics system", Proc. SPIE 4839, Adaptive Optical System Technologies II, (7 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.457082;
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
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