Bringing soul on sky

Enrico Pinna, Fabio Rossi, Alfio Puglisi, Guido Agapito, Marco Bonaglia, Cédric Plantet, Tommaso Mazzoni, Runa Briguglio, Luca Carbonaro, Marco Xompero, Paolo Grani, Armando Riccardi, Simone Esposito, Phil Hinz, Amali Vaz, Steve Ertel, Oscar M. Montoya, Oliver Durney, Julian Christou, Doug L. MillerGreg Taylor, Alessandro Cavallaro, Michael Lefebvre

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The SOUL project is upgrading the 4 SCAO systems of LBT, pushing the current guide star limits of about 2 magnitudes fainter thanks to Electron Multiplied CCD detector. This improvement will open the NGS SCAO correction to a wider number of scientific cases from high contrast imaging in the visible to extra-galactic source in the NIR. The SOUL systems are today the unique case where pyramid WFS, adaptive secondary and EMCCD are used together. This makes SOUL a pathfinder for most of the ELT SCAO systems like the one of GMT, MICADO and HARMONI of E-ELT, where the same key technologies will be employed. Today we have 3 SOUL systems installed on the telescope in commissioning phase. The 4th system will be installed in a few months. We will present here the results achieved during daytime testing and commissioning nights up to the present date.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 2019
Event6th International Conference on Adaptive Optics for Extremely Large Telescopes, AO4ELT 2019 - Quebec City, Canada
Duration: Jun 9 2019Jun 14 2019


Conference6th International Conference on Adaptive Optics for Extremely Large Telescopes, AO4ELT 2019
CityQuebec City


  • Adaptive secondary
  • High contrast
  • LBT
  • Pyramid
  • SCAO
  • XAO

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Instrumentation


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