At future telescopes, adaptive optics systems will play a role beyond the correction of Earth's atmosphere.
These systems are capable of delivering information that is useful for instrumentation, e.g. if reconstruction
algorithms are employed to increase the spatial resolution of the scientific data. For the 4m aperture Advanced
Technology Solar Telescope (ATST), a new generation of state-of-the-art instrumentation is developed that will
deliver observations of the solar surface at unsurpassed high spatial resolution. The planned Visual Broadband
Imager (VBI) is one of those instruments. It will be able to record images at an extremely high rate and compute
reconstructed images close to the telescope's theoretical diffraction limit using a speckle interferometry algorithm
in near real-time. This algorithm has been refined to take data delivered by the adaptive optics system into
account during reconstruction. The acquisition and reconstruction process requires the use of a high-speed data
handling infrastructure to retrieve the necessary data from both adaptive optics system and instrument cameras.
We present the current design of this infrastructure for the ATST together with a feasibility analysis of the
This poster outlines the conceptual design of the Visible-light Broad-band Imager (VBI) instrument for the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (ATST) as it follows from scientific requirements. The VBI is scheduled to be the first-light instrument of the ATST, highlighting the telescope's high spatial resolution capabilities.