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8 August 2008 W. M. Keck Observatory's next-generation adaptive optics facility
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W. M. Keck Observatory (WMKO) is currently engaged in the design of a powerful new Adaptive Optics (AO) science capability providing precision correction in the near-IR, good correction in the visible, and faint object multiplexed integral field spectroscopy. Improved sensitivity will result from significantly higher Strehl ratios over narrow fields (< 30" diameter) and from lower backgrounds. Quantitative astronomy will benefit from improved PSF stability and knowledge. Strehl ratios of 15 to 25% are expected at wavelengths as short as 750 nm. A multi-object AO approach will be taken for the correction of multiple science targets over modest fields of regard (< 2' diameter) and to achieve high sky coverage using AO compensated near-IR tip/tilt sensing. In this paper we present the conceptual design for this system including discussion of the requirements, system architecture, key design features, performance predictions and implementation plans.
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P. Wizinowich, R. Dekany, D. Gavel, C. Max, S. Adkins, B. Bauman, J. Bell, A. Bouchez, M. Britton, J. Chin, R. Flicker, E. Johansson, R. Kupke, D. Le Mignant, C. Lockwood, D. Medeiros, E. McGrath, A. Moore, C. Neyman, M. Reinig, and V. Velur "W. M. Keck Observatory's next-generation adaptive optics facility", Proc. SPIE 7015, Adaptive Optics Systems, 701511 (8 August 2008);

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