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24 December 2003 Characterization of adaptive optics at Keck Observatory
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In this paper, the adaptive optics (AO) system at Keck Observatory is characterized. The AO system is described in detail. The physical parameters of the lenslets, CCD and deformable mirror, the calibration procedures and the signal processing algorithms are exlained. Results of sky performance tests are presented: the AO system is shown to deliver images with an average Strehl ratio of up to 0.37 at 1.59 μm using a bright guide star. An error budget that is consistent with the observed image quality is presented.
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Marcos A. van Dam and Bruce A. Macintosh "Characterization of adaptive optics at Keck Observatory", Proc. SPIE 5169, Astronomical Adaptive Optics Systems and Applications, (24 December 2003);


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