7 August 2014 Into the blue: AO science with MagAO in the visible
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We review astronomical results in the visible (λ<1μm) with adaptive optics. Other than a brief period in the early 1990s, there has been little astronomical science done in the visible with AO until recently. The most productive visible AO system to date is our 6.5m Magellan telescope AO system (MagAO). MagAO is an advanced Adaptive Secondary system at the Magellan 6.5m in Chile. This secondary has 585 actuators with < 1 msec response times (0.7 ms typically). We use a pyramid wavefront sensor. The relatively small actuator pitch (~23 cm/subap) allows moderate Strehls to be obtained in the visible (0.63-1.05 microns). We use a CCD AO science camera called “VisAO”. On-sky long exposures (60s) achieve <30mas resolutions, 30% Strehls at 0.62 microns (r') with the VisAO camera in 0.5” seeing with bright R < 8 mag stars. These relatively high visible wavelength Strehls are made possible by our powerful combination of a next generation ASM and a Pyramid WFS with 378 controlled modes and 1000 Hz loop frequency. We'll review the key steps to having good performance in the visible and review the exciting new AO visible science opportunities and refereed publications in both broad-band (r,i,z,Y) and at Halpha for exoplanets, protoplanetary disks, young stars, and emission line jets. These examples highlight the power of visible AO to probe circumstellar regions/spatial resolutions that would otherwise require much larger diameter telescopes with classical infrared AO cameras.
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Laird M. Close, Laird M. Close, Jared R. Males, Jared R. Males, Katherine B. Follette, Katherine B. Follette, Phil Hinz, Phil Hinz, Katie Morzinski, Katie Morzinski, Ya-Lin Wu, Ya-Lin Wu, Derek Kopon, Derek Kopon, Armando Riccardi, Armando Riccardi, Simone Esposito, Simone Esposito, Alfio Puglisi, Alfio Puglisi, Enrico Pinna, Enrico Pinna, Marco Xompero, Marco Xompero, Runa Briguglio, Runa Briguglio, Fernando Quiros-Pacheco, Fernando Quiros-Pacheco, } "Into the blue: AO science with MagAO in the visible", Proc. SPIE 9148, Adaptive Optics Systems IV, 91481M (7 August 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2057297; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2057297

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