27 July 2016 Rejuvenation of a ten-year old AO curvature sensor: combining obsolescence correction and performance upgrade of MACAO
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The MACAO curvature wavefront sensors have been designed as a generic adaptive optics sensor for the Very Large Telescope. Six systems have been manufactured and implemented on sky: four installed in the UTs Coudé train as an AO facility for the VLTI, and two in UT’s instruments, SINFONI and CRIRES. The MACAO-VLTI have now been in use for scientific operation for more than a decade and are planned to be operated for at least ten more years. As second generation instruments for the VLTI were planned to start implementation in end of 2015, accompanied with a major upgrade of the VLTI infrastructure, we saw it as a good time for a rejuvenation project of these systems, correcting the obsolete components. This obsolescence correction also gave us the opportunity to implement improved capabilities: the correction frequency was pushed from 420 Hz to 1050 Hz, and an automatic vibrations compensation algorithm was added. The implementation on the first MACAO was done in October 2014 and the first phase of obsolescence correction was completed in all four MACAO-VLTI systems in October 2015 with the systems delivered back to operation. The resuming of the scientific operation of the VLTI on the UTs in November 2015 allowed to gather statistics in order to evaluate the improvement of the performances through this upgrade. A second phase of obsolescence correction has now been started, together with a global reflection on possible further improvements to secure observations with the VLTI.
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P. Haguenauer, E. Fedrigo, L. Pettazzi, C. Reinero, F. Gonte, L. Pallanca, R. Frahm, J. Woillez, P. Lilley, "Rejuvenation of a ten-year old AO curvature sensor: combining obsolescence correction and performance upgrade of MACAO", Proc. SPIE 9909, Adaptive Optics Systems V, 99092Y (27 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2230839; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2230839
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