7 August 2014 First demo science with MOAO: observations of distant merging galaxies with CANARY
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During phase B, CANARY, the MOAO demonstrator, has been coupled to a dedicated, high sensitivity, near-IR camera based on a science grade NICMOS detector: CAMICAz. Using this combination, we have observed two distant merging systems at H and K in July 2013, with a resolution better than 150 mas over long exposures (< 1h). In this paper, we present this unique demo science data set, detail the performance achieved in terms of resolution and sensitivity and the first scientific results. Additionally, we provide a comparative study of the scientific output of MOAO with respect to classical LGS AO and HST.
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D. Gratadour, D. Gratadour, É. Gendron, É. Gendron, L. Grosset, L. Grosset, T. Morris, T. Morris, J. Osborn, J. Osborn, A. Basden, A. Basden, O. Martin, O. Martin, D. Rouan, D. Rouan, R. Myers, R. Myers, G. Rousset, G. Rousset, "First demo science with MOAO: observations of distant merging galaxies with CANARY", Proc. SPIE 9148, Adaptive Optics Systems IV, 91481P (7 August 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2056328; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2056328
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