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4 February 2002 Progress of the MMT adaptive optics program
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The adaptive optics (AO) system for the 6.5 m MMT conversion telescope is the first to compensate the aberrated wavefront at the telescope's secondary mirror. This approach has unique advantages in terms of optical simplicity, high throughput and low emissivity. Its realization presents many technical challenges, which have now been overcome. The deformable mirror is now characterized and accepted. It features a 1.9mm thick 640mm diameter convex aspheric mirror (manufactured at the Steward Observatory Mirror Lab), mounted on a 50 mm thick ULE reference body with 336 actuators, as well as a cluster of 168 DSP's and associated analog circuitry. A wavefront sensor with integrated CCD and lenslet array has also been completed. The complete system is now starting to produce laboratory results, which we present below. Closed loop operation is tested under an auto-collimation illumination system that reflects aberrated artificial starlight from the convex secondary.
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Francois P. Wildi, Guido Brusa-Zappellini, Armando Riccardi, R. G. Allen, Michael Lloyd-Hart, D Miller, Buddy Martin, Roberto Biasi, and Daniele Gallieni "Progress of the MMT adaptive optics program", Proc. SPIE 4494, Adaptive Optics Systems and Technology II, (4 February 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.454789; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.454789
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