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25 October 2004 Adaptive optics for second-generation VLT instruments
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In this article, we present the VLT second generation instruments and we summarize the concept and capabilities of the Very Large Telescope (VLT) Adaptive Optics (AO) Facility. This Facility, composed mainly of a deformable secondary mirror and four laser guide stars (LGSs), aims at providing an adaptive optics infrastructure to feed multiple instruments. These instruments can range from wide or narrow field visible light correction (for example MUSE, X-Shooter) to wide field infra-red correction (Hawk-I, possibly K-MOS) and it could also provide a high Strehl mid-infrared system. In this article we analyze the performance of this AO facility in these various modes of operation.
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Miska Le Louarn, Norbert N. Hubin, and Robin Arsenault "Adaptive optics for second-generation VLT instruments", Proc. SPIE 5490, Advancements in Adaptive Optics, (25 October 2004);


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