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Sky coverage estimation for multiconjugate adaptive optics systems: strategies and results

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We propose an improvement of the sky coverage estimation for multiconjugate adaptive optics (MCAO) systems. A new algorithm is presented which allows us to account for the real corrected field-of-view surface corrected by an MCAO system [depending on guide star (GS) positions and system characteristics] as well as the type of strategy (star-oriented or layer-oriented) considered for the wavefront sensing. An application to the European Southern Observatory MCAO demonstrator (MAD) system is considered. In the context of this particular application, the importance of parameters such as the GS geometry, the generalized isoplanatic angle and the magnitude difference between GSs is highlighted.

Keywords: instrumentation: adaptive optics; techniques: high angular resolution

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: ONERA/Département d'Optique Théorique et Appliquée, BP 72, F-92322 Châtillon Cedex, France 2: Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble, BP 53, F-38041 Grenoble Cedex 9, France 3: European Southern Observatory, Karl-Schwarzschild-Straße 2, D-85748 Garching, Germany

Publication date: July 21, 2006


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