26 July 2016 Adaptive Optics Facility: control strategy and first on-sky results of the acquisition sequence
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The Adaptive Optics Facility is an ESO project aiming at converting Yepun, one of the four 8m telescopes in Paranal, into an adaptive telescope. This is done by replacing the current conventional secondary mirror of Yepun by a Deformable Secondary Mirror (DSM) and attaching four Laser Guide Star (LGS) Units to its centerpiece. In the meantime, two Adaptive Optics (AO) modules have been developed incorporating each four LGS WaveFront Sensors (WFS) and one tip-tilt sensor used to control the DSM at 1 kHz frame rate. The four LGS Units and one AO module (GRAAL) have already been assembled on Yepun.

Besides the technological challenge itself, one critical area of AOF is the AO control strategy and its link with the telescope control, including Active Optics used to shape M1. Another challenge is the request to minimize the overhead due to AOF during the acquisition phase of the observation.

This paper presents the control strategy of the AOF. The current control of the telescope is first recalled, and then the way the AO control makes the link with the Active Optics is detailed. Lab results are used to illustrate the expected performance. Finally, the overall AOF acquisition sequence is presented as well as first results obtained on sky with GRAAL.
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P.-Y. Madec, P.-Y. Madec, J. Kolb, J. Kolb, S. Oberti, S. Oberti, J. Paufique, J. Paufique, P. La Penna, P. La Penna, W. Hackenberg, W. Hackenberg, H. Kuntschner, H. Kuntschner, J. Argomedo, J. Argomedo, M. Kiekebusch, M. Kiekebusch, R. Donaldson, R. Donaldson, M. Suarez, M. Suarez, R. Arsenault, R. Arsenault, } "Adaptive Optics Facility: control strategy and first on-sky results of the acquisition sequence", Proc. SPIE 9909, Adaptive Optics Systems V, 99090Z (26 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2231698; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2231698
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