24 July 2014 The performance of the MROI fast tip-tilt correction system
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The fast tip-tilt (FTT) correction system for the Magdalena Ridge Observatory Interferometer (MROI) is being developed by the University of Cambridge. The design incorporates an EMCCD camera protected by a thermal enclosure, optical mounts with passive thermal compensation, and control software running under Xenomai real-time Linux. The complete FTT system is now undergoing laboratory testing prior to being installed on the first MROI unit telescope in the fall of 2014. We are following a twin-track approach to testing the closed-loop performance: tracking tip-tilt perturbations introduced by an actuated flat mirror in the laboratory, and undertaking end-to-end simulations that incorporate realistic higher-order atmospheric perturbations. We report test results that demonstrate (a) the high stability of the entire opto-mechanical system, realized with a completely passive design; and (b) the fast tip-tilt correction performance and limiting sensitivity. Our preliminary results in both areas are close to those needed to realise the ambitious stability and sensitivity goals of the MROI which aims to match the performance of current natural guide star adaptive optics systems.
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John Young, David Buscher, Martin Fisher, Christopher Haniff, Alexander Rea, Eugene Seneta, Xiaowei Sun, Donald Wilson, Allen Farris, Andres Olivares, "The performance of the MROI fast tip-tilt correction system", Proc. SPIE 9146, Optical and Infrared Interferometry IV, 91461Z (24 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2056497; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2056497
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