MagAO-X: Project status and first laboratory results

Jared R. Males*, Laird M. Close, Kelsey Miller, Lauren Schatz, David Doelman, Jennifer Lumbres, Frans Snik, Alex Rodack, Justin Knight, Kyle Van Gorkom, Joseph D. Long, Alex Hedglen, Maggie Kautz, Nemanja Jovanovic, Katie Morzinski, Olivier Guyon, Ewan Douglas, Katherine B. Follette, Julien Lozi, Chris BohlmanOlivier Durney, Victor Gasho, Phil Hinz, Michael Ireland, Madison Jean, Christoph Keller, Matt Kenworthy, Ben Mazin, Jamison Noenickx, Dan Alfred, Kevin Perez, Anna Sanchez, Corwynn Sauve, Alycia Weinberger, Al Conrad

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    MagAO-X is an entirely new extreme adaptive optics system for the Magellan Clay 6.5 m telescope, funded by the NSF MRI program starting in Sep 2016. The key science goal of MagAO-X is high-contrast imaging of accreting protoplanets at Hα. With 2040 actuators operating at up to 3630 Hz, MagAO-X will deliver high Strehls (> 70%), high resolution (19 mas), and high contrast (< 1 × 10-4) at Hα (656 nm). We present an overview of the MagAO-X system, review the system design, and discuss the current project status.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAdaptive Optics Systems VI
    EditorsDirk Schmidt, Laura Schreiber, Laird M. Close
    ISBN (Print)9781510619593
    Publication statusPublished - 2018
    EventAdaptive Optics Systems VI 2018 - Austin, United States
    Duration: 10 Jun 201815 Jun 2018

    Publication series

    NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
    ISSN (Print)0277-786X
    ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


    ConferenceAdaptive Optics Systems VI 2018
    Country/TerritoryUnited States


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