21 August 2014 The focal plane adaptive optics test box of the Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic
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With the upcoming construction of Extremely Large Telescopes, several existing technologies are being pushed beyond their performance limit and it becomes essential to develop and evaluate new alternatives. The "Observatoire du Mont Mégantic" (OMM) hosts a telescope having a 1.6-meter diameter primary. The OMM telescope is known to be an excellent location to develop and test precursor instruments which are then upscaled to larger telescopes (ex. SPIOMM which led to SITELLE at the CFHT). We present a specifically designed focal plane box for the OMM which will allow to evaluate, directly on-sky, the performance of a number of next generation adaptive optics related technologies The system will able us to compare the performance of several new wavefront sensors in contrast with the current standard, the Shack-Hartman wavefront sensor.
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William Deschênes, William Deschênes, Denis Brousseau, Denis Brousseau, Jean-Francois Lavigne, Jean-Francois Lavigne, Simon Thibault, Simon Thibault, Jean-Pierre Véran, Jean-Pierre Véran, } "The focal plane adaptive optics test box of the Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic", Proc. SPIE 9148, Adaptive Optics Systems IV, 91485F (21 August 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2056758; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2056758
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