21 March 1997 Versatile wavefront simulator
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Proceedings Volume 2871, Optical Telescopes of Today and Tomorrow; (1997) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.268975
Event: Optical Telescopes of Today and Tomorrow, 1996, Landskrona/Hven, Sweden
A new concept for a device able to simulate evolving atmospherically distorted wavefronts for the adaptive optics system of the Italian facility Telescopio Nazionale Galileo (TNG) is presented. The goodness of performances of an adaptive optics system depends upon the testing accuracy of its components made under different seeing conditions. Moreover, in order to not loose good seeing nights, the possibility to perform tests during day-light can become strongly important. Introducing a simulator able to generate the image of an astronomical object deformed by atmosphere can help to solve many such problems. In order to create the wanted distortion we use phase changing plate (PCP) screens. A system of moving screens and adjustable zooms provides to change, over a wide range, some fundamental parameters of the atmosphere turbulence like fired parameter ro, Greenwood frequency fG and the isoplanatic angle (theta) o.
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Enrico Marchetti, Enrico Marchetti, Roberto Ragazzoni, Roberto Ragazzoni, Jacopo Farinato, Jacopo Farinato, Adriano Ghedina, Adriano Ghedina, "Versatile wavefront simulator", Proc. SPIE 2871, Optical Telescopes of Today and Tomorrow, (21 March 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.268975; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.268975

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