Adaptive optics simulations for siding spring

Michael Goodwin*, Charles Jenkins, Andrew Lambert

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    Using an observationally derived model of optical turbulence profile, we have investigated the performance of adaptive optics (AO) at Siding Spring Observatory, Australia. The simulations cover the performance for AO techniques of single-conjugate adaptive optics (SCAO), multi-conjugate adaptive optics (MCAO), and ground-layer adaptive optics (GLAO). The simulation results presented in this paper predict the performance of these AO techniques as applied to the Australian National University (ANU) 2.3-m and Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAT) 3.9-m telescopes for astronomical wavelength bands J, H, and K. The results indicate that the AO performance is best for the longer wavelengths (K band) and in the best seeing conditions (sub 1 arcsec). The most promising results are found for GLAO simulations (field of view of 180 arcsec), with the field RMS for encircled energy 50% diameter (EE50d) being uniform and minimally affected by the free-atmosphere turbulence. The GLAO performance is reasonably good over the wavelength bands of J, H, and K. The GLAO field mean of EE50d is between 200 and 800 mas, which is a noticeable improvement compared with the nominal astronomical seeing (870-1 700 mas).

    Original languageEnglish
    Article numbere010
    JournalPublications of the Astronomical Society of Australia
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013


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