MACAO and its application for the VLT Interferometer

R. Donaldson, D. Bonaccini, J. Brynnel, B. Buzzoni, Laird M Close, B. Delabre, C. Dupuy, J. Farinato, E. Fedrigo, N. Hubin, E. Marchetti, S. Stroebele, S. Tordo

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Abstract

The European Southern Observatory is developing a medium order curvature adaptive optics system designed to be operable with minimal modification at any focus of the Very Large telescope (VLT). The first application of this AO system (MACAO) is to equip all four VLT Unit Telescope (UT) Coude foci with 60 element AO systems capable of delivering to the VLT Interferometer (VLTI) >50% K band Strehl. The AO system being used by an interferometer is constrained to introduce minimal piston and operating as a sub-system of a large and complex instrument to have a robust architecture and simple operation. Installation of the first AO system is scheduled to begin 1st Quarter 2002 with completion of all four UTs by early 2004. Other applications of the MACAO system will be for use by the CRIRES and SPIFFI spectrographs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
PublisherSociety of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers
Volume4007
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes
EventAdaptive Optical Systems Technology - Munich, Ger
Duration: Mar 29 2000Mar 31 2000

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OtherAdaptive Optical Systems Technology
CityMunich, Ger
Period3/29/003/31/00

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  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Donaldson, R., Bonaccini, D., Brynnel, J., Buzzoni, B., Close, L. M., Delabre, B., ... Tordo, S. (2000). MACAO and its application for the VLT Interferometer. In Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering (Vol. 4007). Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers.

MACAO and its application for the VLT Interferometer. / Donaldson, R.; Bonaccini, D.; Brynnel, J.; Buzzoni, B.; Close, Laird M; Delabre, B.; Dupuy, C.; Farinato, J.; Fedrigo, E.; Hubin, N.; Marchetti, E.; Stroebele, S.; Tordo, S.

Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 4007 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers, 2000.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Donaldson, R, Bonaccini, D, Brynnel, J, Buzzoni, B, Close, LM, Delabre, B, Dupuy, C, Farinato, J, Fedrigo, E, Hubin, N, Marchetti, E, Stroebele, S & Tordo, S 2000, MACAO and its application for the VLT Interferometer. in Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. vol. 4007, Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers, Adaptive Optical Systems Technology, Munich, Ger, 3/29/00.
Donaldson R, Bonaccini D, Brynnel J, Buzzoni B, Close LM, Delabre B et al. MACAO and its application for the VLT Interferometer. In Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 4007. Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers. 2000
Donaldson, R. ; Bonaccini, D. ; Brynnel, J. ; Buzzoni, B. ; Close, Laird M ; Delabre, B. ; Dupuy, C. ; Farinato, J. ; Fedrigo, E. ; Hubin, N. ; Marchetti, E. ; Stroebele, S. ; Tordo, S. / MACAO and its application for the VLT Interferometer. Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 4007 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers, 2000.
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