7 August 2014 Integration and bench testing for the GRAVITY Coudé IR adaptive optics (CIAO) wavefront sensor
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GRAVITY, a second generation instrument for the Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI), will provide an astrometric precision of order 10 micro-arcseconds, an imaging resolution of 4 milli-arcseconds, and low/medium resolution spectro-interferometry. These improvements to the VLTI represent a major upgrade to its current infrared interferometric capabilities, allowing detailed study of obscured environments (e.g. the Galactic Center, young dusty planet-forming disks, dense stellar cores, AGN, etc...). Crucial to the final performance of GRAVITY, the Coudé IR Adaptive Optics (CIAO) system will correct for the effects of the atmosphere at each of the VLT Unit Telescopes. CIAO consists of four new infrared Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensors (WFS) and associated real-time computers/software which will provide infrared wavefront sensing from 1.45-2.45 microns, allowing AO corrections even in regions where optically bright reference sources are scarce. We present here the latest progress on the GRAVITY wavefront sensors. We describe the adaptation and testing of a light-weight version of the ESO Standard Platform for Adaptive optics Real Time Applications (SPARTA-Light) software architecture to the needs of GRAVITY. We also describe the latest integration and test milestones for construction of the initial wave front sensor.
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C. Deen, P. Yang, A. Huber, M. Suarez-Valles, S. Hippler, W. Brandner, E. Gendron, Y. Clénet, S. Kendrew, A. Glauser, R. Klein, W. Laun, R. Lenzen, U. Neumann, J. Panduro, J. Ramos, R.-R. Rohloff, A. Salzinger, N. Zimmerman, T. Henning, K. Perraut, G. Perrin, C. Straubmeier, A. Amorim, F. Eisenhauer, "Integration and bench testing for the GRAVITY Coudé IR adaptive optics (CIAO) wavefront sensor", Proc. SPIE 9148, Adaptive Optics Systems IV, 91482T (7 August 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2055127; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2055127
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