10 July 2008 The science case for the Next Generation AO system at W. M. Keck Observatory
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The W. M. Keck Observatory is designing a new adaptive optics system providing precision AO correction in the near infrared, good correction at visible wavelengths, and multiplexed spatially resolved spectroscopy. We discuss science cases for this Next Generation AO (NGAO), and show how the system requirements were derived from these science cases. Key science drivers include asteroid companions, planets around low-mass stars, general relativistic effects around the Galactic Center black hole, nearby active galactic nuclei, and high-redshift galaxies (including galaxies lensed by intervening galaxies or clusters). The multi-object AO-corrected integral field spectrograph will be optimized for high-redshift galaxy science.
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C. Max, E. McGrath, D. Gavel, D. Le Mignant, P. Wizinowich, and R. Dekany "The science case for the Next Generation AO system at W. M. Keck Observatory", Proc. SPIE 7015, Adaptive Optics Systems, 701507 (10 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.790173; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.790173


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