17 July 2008 The Pyramid Phasing Sensor (PYPS)
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PYPS is the pyramid wavefront sensor for the phasing and alignment of segmented mirrors developed in the framework of the Active Phase Experiment (APE). In this paper we will present the PYPS opto-mechanical design, and report the experimental results obtained in the Arcetri laboratories prior to its integration in the main APE bench. A piston-correction closed loop was performed under the presence of emulated turbulence (D/r0=33 @ 700nm and V/D=1.9Hz), achieving a final piston error of 10 nm rms in wavefront. Two filtering techniques were developed to average out faster the atmospheric disturbance reducing the required co-phasing time by two orders of magnitude. We will also present the first experimental results obtained with a synthetic interaction matrix attaining a final piston error of the same order of magnitude.
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E. Pinna, F. Quirós-Pacheco­, S. Esposito, A. Puglisi, P. Stefanini, "The Pyramid Phasing Sensor (PYPS)", Proc. SPIE 7012, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes II, 70123D (17 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.790519; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.790519
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