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11 September 1998 Design of the Nasmyth adaptive optics system (NAOS) of the VLT
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NAOS is the adaptive optics system to be installed at one of the Nasmyth foci of the very large telescope (VLT). It will provide compensated image to the high angular resolution IR spectro-imaging camera which covers the 1-5 micrometers spectral bands. our French consortium is the sub-contractor of ESO for the design, manufacturing, integration and test of NAOS. For bright sources, the specification is to reach 70 percent Strehl ratio under average seeing conditions. Two wavefront sensors, one in the visible spectral range and one in the near IR spectral range, will equip the adaptive optics system. We foresee to obtained the first light at the VLT unit telescope 1 in mid-2000.
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Gerard Rousset, Francois Lacombe, Pascal Puget, Norbert N. Hubin, Eric Gendron, Jean-Marc Conan, Pierre Y. Kern, Pierre-Yves Madec, Didier Rabaud, David Mouillet, Anne-Marie Lagrange, and Francois J. Rigaut "Design of the Nasmyth adaptive optics system (NAOS) of the VLT", Proc. SPIE 3353, Adaptive Optical System Technologies, (11 September 1998);


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