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, Christoph Baranec, Reed Riddle, Reed Riddle, Nicholas M. Law, Nicholas M. Law, Mark R. Chun, Mark R. Chun, Jessica R. Lu, Jessica R. Lu, Michael S. Connelley, Michael S. Connelley, Donald Hall, Donald Hall, Dani Atkinson, Dani Atkinson, Shane Jacobson, 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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