9 August 2016 Avalanche photo diodes in the observatory environment: lucky imaging at 1-2.5 microns
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The recent availability of large format near-infrared detectors with sub-election readout noise is revolutionizing our approach to wavefront sensing for adaptive optics. However, as with all near-infrared detector technologies, challenges exist in moving from the comfort of the laboratory test-bench into the harsh reality of the observatory environment. As part of the broader adaptive optics program for the GMT, we are developing a near-infrared Lucky Imaging camera for operational deployment at the ANU 2.3 m telescope at Siding Spring Observatory. The system provides an ideal test-bed for the rapidly evolving Selex/SAPHIRA eAPD technology while providing scientific imaging at angular resolution rivalling the Hubble Space Telescope at wavelengths λ = 1.3-2.5 μm.
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A. Vaccarella, R. Sharp, M. Ellis, S. Singh, G. Bloxham, A. Bouchez, R. Conan, R. Boz, D. Bundy, J. Davies, B. Espeland, J. Hart, N. Herrald, M. Ireland, G. Jacoby, J. Nielsen, C. Vest, P. Young, B. Fordham, A. Zovaro, "Avalanche photo diodes in the observatory environment: lucky imaging at 1-2.5 microns", Proc. SPIE 9908, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI, 99082X (9 August 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2231557; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2231557


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