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13 September 2012 ShaneAO: an enhanced adaptive optics and IR imaging system for the Lick Observatory 3-meter telescope
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The Lick Observatory 3-meter telescope has a history of serving as a testbed for innovative adaptive optics techniques. In 1996, it became one of the first astronomical observatories to employ laser guide star (LGS) adaptive optics as a facility instrument available to the astronomy community. Work on a second-generation LGS adaptive optics system, ShaneAO, is well underway, with plans to deploy on telescope in 2013. In this paper we discuss key design features and implementation plans for the ShaneAO adaptive optics system. Once again, the Shane 3-m will host a number of new techniques and technologies vital to the development of future adaptive optics systems on larger telescopes. Included is a woofer-tweeter based wavefront correction system incorporating a voice-coil actuated, low spatial and temporal bandwidth, high stroke deformable mirror in conjunction with a high order, high bandwidth MEMs deformable mirror. The existing dye laser, in operation since 1996, will be replaced with a fiber laser recently developed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories. The system will also incorporate a high-sensitivity, high bandwidth wavefront sensor camera. Enhanced IR performance will be achieved by replacing the existing PICNIC infrared array with an Hawaii 2RG. The updated ShaneAO system will provide opportunities to test predictive control algorithms for adaptive optics. Capabilities for astronomical spectroscopy, polarimetry, and visible-light adaptive optical astronomy will be supported.
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Renate Kupke, Donald Gavel, Constance Roskosi, Gerald Cabak, David Cowley, Daren Dillon, Elinor L. Gates, Rosalie McGurk, Andrew Norton, Michael Peck, Christopher Ratliff, and Marco Reinig "ShaneAO: an enhanced adaptive optics and IR imaging system for the Lick Observatory 3-meter telescope", Proc. SPIE 8447, Adaptive Optics Systems III, 84473G (13 September 2012);


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