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11 July 2008 Commissioning the MMT ground-layer and laser tomography adaptive optics systems
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A multi-laser adaptive optics system, at the 6.5 m MMT telescope, has been undergoing commissioning in preparation for wide-field, partially corrected as well as narrow-field, diffraction limited science observations in the thermal and near infrared. After several delays due to bad weather, we have successfully closed the full high order ground-layer adaptive optics (GLAO) control loop for the first time in February 2008 using five Rayleigh laser guide stars and a single tilt star. Characterization and automated correction of static aberrations such as non-common path errors were addressed in May 2008. Calibration measurements in preparation for laser tomography adaptive optics (LTAO) operation are planned for the fall of 2008 along with the start of shared-risk GLAO science observations. We present the results of GLAO observations with the PISCES imager, a 1 - 2.5 &mgr;m camera with a field of view of 110 arc seconds. The status of the remaining GLAO commissioning work is also reviewed. Finally, we present plans for commissioning work to implement the LTAO operating mode of the system.
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N. Mark Milton, Michael Lloyd-Hart, Christoph Baranec, Thomas Stalcup, Keith Powell, Don McCarthy, Craig Kulesa, and Keith Hege "Commissioning the MMT ground-layer and laser tomography adaptive optics systems", Proc. SPIE 7015, Adaptive Optics Systems, 701522 (11 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.788541;


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