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13 September 2012 'Imaka: working towards very wide-field of view AO
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Ground-layer adaptive optics (GLAO) has the potential to dramatically increase the efficiency and capabilities of existing ground-based telescopes over a broad range of astronomical science. Recent studies of the optical turbulence above several astronomical sites (e.g. Mauna Kea, Paranal, and Antarctica) show that GLAO can be extended to fields of view of several tens of arcminutes in diameter, larger than previously thought, with angular resolutions close to the freeatmosphere seeing. This is a pivotal result since GLAO science cases benefit from the largest possible corrected fields of view. The corrected areal field of a GLAO system is potentially 2-3 orders of magnitude larger than has been demonstrated to date. The 'Imaka team is working toward an instrument that takes advantage of the one-degree field afforded by Mauna Kea. In this paper we summarize the design/simulation work to date along with our plan to develop an instrument that reaches for this wide field of view.
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M. Chun, O. Lai, J-C. Cuillandre, H. Richer, D. Toomey, D. Salmon, R. Carlberg, D. Andersen, D. Burgarella, K. Ho, J. Pazder, and E. Bertin "'Imaka: working towards very wide-field of view AO", Proc. SPIE 8447, Adaptive Optics Systems III, 84471G (13 September 2012);


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