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25 August 1995 Near-infrared astronomy with adaptive optics and laser guide stars at the Keck Observatory
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A laser guide star adaptive optics system is being built for the W. M. Keck Observatory's 10- meter Keck II telescope. Two new near infra-red instruments will be used with this system: a high-resolution camera (NIRC 2) and an echelle spectrometer (NIRSPEC). We describe the expected capabilities of these instruments for high-resolution astronomy, using adaptive optics with either a natural star or a sodium-layer laser guide star as a reference. We compare the expected performance of these planned Keck adaptive optics instruments with that predicted for the NICMOS near infra-red camera, which is scheduled to be installed on the Hubble Space Telescope in 1997.
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Claire E. Max, Donald T. Gavel, and Scot S. Olivier "Near-infrared astronomy with adaptive optics and laser guide stars at the Keck Observatory", Proc. SPIE 2534, Adaptive Optical Systems and Applications, (25 August 1995); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.217760
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