PCR - A PC based wave front reconstructor for MMT-AO

Vidhya Vaitheeswaran, Phil Hinz, Guido Brusa, Doug Miller, Thomas Stalcup

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PC Reconstructor (PCR) is the control software for the natural guide star and the laser guide star systems at the 6.5m Multiple Mirror Telescope (MMT) operating with the adaptive secondary mirror on Mt. Hopkins south of Tucson, AZ. The PCR computes and corrects atmospheric turbulence featuring a common interface between the wave front sensor camera control link and the deformable mirror, diagnostic data management, vibration control, closed-loop data distribution & saving routines, and housekeeping modules. We report here on the development, use and the on-sky performance of the PCR.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvanced Software and Control for Astronomy II
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008
EventAdvanced Software and Control for Astronomy II - Marseille, France
Duration: Jun 26 2008Jun 28 2008

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherAdvanced Software and Control for Astronomy II


  • Adaptive optics
  • And software
  • Deformable mirror

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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