21 July 2014 KAPAO first light: the design, construction and operation of a low-cost natural guide star adaptive optics system
Author Affiliations +
We present the instrument design and first light observations of KAPAO, a natural guide star adaptive optics (AO) system for the Pomona College Table Mountain Observatory (TMO) 1-meter telescope. The KAPAO system has dual science channels with visible and near-infrared cameras, a Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor, and a commercially available 140-actuator MEMS deformable mirror. The pupil relays are two pairs of custom off-axis parabolas and the control system is based on a version of the Robo-AO control software. The AO system and telescope are remotely operable, and KAPAO is designed to share the Cassegrain focus with the existing TMO polarimeter. We discuss the extensive integration of undergraduate students in the program including the multiple senior theses/capstones and summer assistantships amongst our partner institutions. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0960343.
© (2014) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.
Scott A. Severson, Scott A. Severson, Philip I. Choi, Philip I. Choi, Katherine E. Badham, Katherine E. Badham, Dalton Bolger, Dalton Bolger, Daniel S. Contreras, Daniel S. Contreras, Blaine N. Gilbreth, Blaine N. Gilbreth, Christian Guerrero, Christian Guerrero, Erik Littleton, Erik Littleton, Joseph Long, Joseph Long, Lorcan P. McGonigle, Lorcan P. McGonigle, William A. Morrison, William A. Morrison, Fernando Ortega, Fernando Ortega, Alex R. Rudy, Alex R. Rudy, Jonathan R. Wong, Jonathan R. Wong, Erik Spjut, Erik Spjut, Christoph Baranec, Christoph Baranec, Reed Riddle, Reed Riddle, } "KAPAO first light: the design, construction and operation of a low-cost natural guide star adaptive optics system", Proc. SPIE 9148, Adaptive Optics Systems IV, 914839 (21 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2056961; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2056961


On-sky AO test bench
Proceedings of SPIE (August 11 2016)
ViLLaGEs opto mechanical design of an on sky visible...
Proceedings of SPIE (July 23 2008)
Adaptive optics developments at Keck observatory
Proceedings of SPIE (February 07 2003)
KAOS adaptive optics system for the Vacuum Tower Telescope...
Proceedings of SPIE (February 11 2003)
High-contrast imaging testbed
Proceedings of SPIE (February 08 2008)

Back to Top