13 September 2012 Robo-AO: autonomous and replicable laser-adaptive-optics and science system
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We have created a new autonomous laser-guide-star adaptive-optics (AO) instrument on the 60-inch (1.5-m) telescope at Palomar Observatory called Robo-AO. The instrument enables diffraction-limited resolution observing in the visible and near-infrared with the ability to observe well over one-hundred targets per night due to its fully robotic operation. Robo-AO is being used for AO surveys of targets numbering in the thousands, rapid AO imaging of transient events and long-term AO monitoring not feasible on large diameter telescope systems. We have taken advantage of cost-effective advances in deformable mirror and laser technology while engineering Robo-AO with the intention of cloning the system for other few-meter class telescopes around the world.
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C. Baranec, C. Baranec, R. Riddle, R. Riddle, A. N. Ramaprakash, A. N. Ramaprakash, N. Law, N. Law, S. Tendulkar, S. Tendulkar, S. Kulkarni, S. Kulkarni, R. Dekany, R. Dekany, K. Bui, K. Bui, J. Davis, J. Davis, M. Burse, M. Burse, H. Das, H. Das, S. Hildebrandt, S. Hildebrandt, S. Punnadi, S. Punnadi, R. Smith, R. Smith, "Robo-AO: autonomous and replicable laser-adaptive-optics and science system", Proc. SPIE 8447, Adaptive Optics Systems III, 844704 (13 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.924867; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.924867


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