21 July 2014 Second generation Robo-AO instruments and systems
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The prototype Robo-AO system at the Palomar Observatory 1.5-m telescope is the world's first fully automated laser adaptive optics instrument. Scientific operations commenced in June 2012 and more than 12,000 observations have since been performed at the ~0.12" visible-light diffraction limit. Two new infrared cameras providing high-speed tip-tilt sensing and a 2' field-of-view will be integrated in 2014. In addition to a Robo-AO clone for the 2-m IGO and the natural guide star variant KAPAO at the 1-m Table Mountain telescope, a second generation of facility-class Robo-AO systems are in development for the 2.2-m University of Hawai'i and 3-m IRTF telescopes which will provide higher Strehl ratios, sharper imaging, ~0.07", and correction to λ = 400 nm.
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Christoph Baranec, Reed Riddle, Nicholas M. Law, Mark R. Chun, Jessica R. Lu, Michael S. Connelley, Donald Hall, Dani Atkinson, Shane Jacobson, "Second generation Robo-AO instruments and systems", Proc. SPIE 9148, Adaptive Optics Systems IV, 914812 (21 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2055552; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2055552
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