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10 July 2018 A laser communication adaptive optics system as a testbed for extreme adaptive optics
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The Integrated Optical System (IOS) is an extreme adaptive optics system designed for NASA’s Laser Com- munication Relay Demonstration mission. There is a great deal of overlap between the requirements for laser communication AO and high-contrast exoplanet imaging AO systems. Both require very high Strehl ratios with narrow fields of view. This overlap allows the IOS to serve as a testbed and technology demonstrator for astronomical extreme adaptive optics systems.

There are several example technologies from the IOS that are already making the transition to astronomical AO systems. The first is that the real time controller based on Direct Memory Access transfer between the WFS camera link frame-grabber and a DSP board is being reused on the upgrade to PALM-3000 AO system at Palomar Observatory. This enables the system to minimize latency by bypassing the CPU and its inherent timing jitter. Technologies like this will be crucial to enabling high contrast imaging on the next generation of extremely large telescopes. In addition, the IOS measures Fried’s parameter from wavefraont measures in near real time. This technology has already been deployed to PALM-3000. The main function of Laser Communication AO systems is to couple the incoming light into single mode fiber. This is the same configuration that will be used by AO coupled radial velocity spectrographs.

The adaptive optics system is a woofer/tweeter design, with one deformable mirror correcting for low spatial frequencies with large amplitude and a second deformable mirror correcting for high spatial frequencies with small amplitude. The system uses a Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor. The system has achieved first light and is undergoing commissioning. We will present an overview of the system design and initial performance.
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Lewis C. Roberts Jr., Gary Block, Santos Fregoso, Harrison Herzog, Seth R. Meeker, Jennifer E. Roberts, Joshua Rodriguez, Jonathan Tesch, and Tuan Truong "A laser communication adaptive optics system as a testbed for extreme adaptive optics", Proc. SPIE 10703, Adaptive Optics Systems VI, 107031S (10 July 2018);

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