27 July 2016 Natural guide-star processing for wide-field laser-assisted AO systems
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Abstract
Sky-coverage in laser-assisted AO observations largely depends on the system's capability to guide on the faintest natural guide-stars possible. Here we give an up-to-date status of our natural guide-star processing tailored to the European-ELT's visible and near-infrared (0.47 to 2.45 μm) integral field spectrograph — Harmoni.

We tour the processing of both the isoplanatic and anisoplanatic tilt modes using the spatio-angular approach whereby the wavefront is estimated directly in the pupil plane avoiding a cumbersome explicit layered estimation on the 35-layer profiles we're currently using.

Taking the case of Harmoni, we cover the choice of wave-front sensors, the number and field location of guide-stars, the optimised algorithms to beat down angular anisoplanatism and the performance obtained with different temporal controllers under split high-order/low-order tomography or joint tomography. We consider both atmospheric and far greater telescope wind buffeting disturbances. In addition we provide the sky-coverage estimates thus obtained.
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Carlos M. Correia, Carlos M. Correia, Benoit Neichel, Benoit Neichel, Jean-Marc Conan, Jean-Marc Conan, Cyril Petit, Cyril Petit, Jean-Francois Sauvage, Jean-Francois Sauvage, Thierry Fusco, Thierry Fusco, Joel D. R. Vernet, Joel D. R. Vernet, Niranjan Thatte, Niranjan Thatte, } "Natural guide-star processing for wide-field laser-assisted AO systems", Proc. SPIE 9909, Adaptive Optics Systems V, 99094H (27 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2232918; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2232918
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