Solar multi-conjugate adaptive optics system for the Big Bear Observatory

Maud Langlois, Gil Moretto, Clémentine Béchet, Michel Tallon, Iciar Montilla, Philip Goode, Nicolas Gorceix, Sergey Shumko

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Abstract

Solar observations are performed over an extended field of view and the isoplanatic patch over which conventional adaptive optics (AO) provides diffraction limited resolution is a severe limitation. The development of multi-conjugate adaptive optics (MCAO) for the new large aperture solar telescopes ranging from 1.6 to 4 meters-diameter is extremely important to achieve many solar physics scientific goals. The Sun is an ideal object for the development of MCAO since solar structure provides multiple "guide stars" in any desired configuration. We propose a concept for an MCAO system for the New Solar Telescope at Big Bear Observatory. This MCAO system uses three deformable mirrors conjugated to the telescope entrance pupil and to two layers in the upper atmosphere. We present the result of numerical analysis of the performance of this system for large range of elevations as required in solar observations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication3rd AO4ELT Conference - Adaptive Optics for Extremely Large Telescopes
PublisherINAF - Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri Largo Enrico Fermi
ISBN (Print)9788890887604
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013
Event3rd Conference on Adaptive Optics for Extremely Large Telescopes, AO4ELT 2013 - Florence, Italy
Duration: May 26 2013May 31 2013

Publication series

Name3rd AO4ELT Conference - Adaptive Optics for Extremely Large Telescopes

Conference

Conference3rd Conference on Adaptive Optics for Extremely Large Telescopes, AO4ELT 2013
CountryItaly
CityFlorence
Period5/26/135/31/13

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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