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14 July 2008 SLODAR turbulence monitors for real-time support of astronomical adaptive optics
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We describe the current status of the SLODAR optical turbulence monitors, developed at Durham University, for support of adaptive optics for astronomy. SLODAR systems have been installed and operated at the Cerro Paranal and Mauna Kea observatories, and a third will be deployed at the South African Astronomical Observatory in 2008. The instruments provide real-time measurements of the atmospheric turbulence strength, altitude and velocity. We summarize the capabilities of the systems and describe recent enhancements. Comparisons of contemporaneous data obtained with SLODAR, MASS and DIMM monitors at the ESO Paranal site are presented.
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Richard Wilson, Timothy Butterley, Marc Sarazin, Gianluca Lombardi, Mark Chun, Samuel Benigni, Donald Weir, Remy Avila, and Jose-Luis Aviles "SLODAR turbulence monitors for real-time support of astronomical adaptive optics", Proc. SPIE 7015, Adaptive Optics Systems, 70154K (14 July 2008); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.790328
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