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29 September 2004 Update report on FlyEyes: a dual CCD detector system upgrade for PUEO
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CFHT is planning to upgrade its adaptive optics system, PUEO, to a high order system with 104 elements, PUEO NUI. Currently PUEO uses a 19 element deformable mirror with the equivalent 19 avalanche photodiode (APD) detectors as its curvature wavefront sensor. PUEO NUI plans to implement the curvature wavefront sensor using back illuminated CCID-35 detectors developed by J. Beletic et al. instead of 104 APDs, which are prohibitively expensive under the present budget conditions. The CCID-35 detectors, developed at ESO and MIT/LL, were specifically designed to serve as direct replacements for APDs in curvature sensing. The first step in the upgrade is to build and test a system using two CCID-35 detectors, dubbed FlyEyes. These new detectors were successfully tested and integrated in the lab by R. Dorn at ESO but have yet to see sky time. FlyEyes will be their first opportunity. They will directly replace the 19 APDs in PUEO temporarily for a few engineering nights in January of 2005.
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Kevin Ho, Jean-Charles Cuillandre, Pascal Puget, Derrick Salmon, Olivier Lai, James W. Beletic, Gerard Luppino, Reinhold J. Dorn, and Barry Burke "Update report on FlyEyes: a dual CCD detector system upgrade for PUEO", Proc. SPIE 5499, Optical and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy, (29 September 2004);

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