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15 July 2008 Near-infrared wavefront sensing for the VLT interferometer
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The very large telescope (VLT) interferometer (VLTI) in its current operating state is equipped with high-order adaptive optics (MACAO) working in the visible spectrum. A low-order near-infrared wavefront sensor (IRIS) is available to measure non-common path tilt aberrations downstream the high-order deformable mirror. For the next generation of VLTI instrumentation, in particular for the designated GRAVITY instrument, we have examined various designs of a four channel high-order near-infrared wavefront sensor. Particular objectives of our study were the specification of the near-infrared detector in combination with a standard wavefront sensing system. In this paper we present the preliminary design of a Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor operating in the near-infrared wavelength range, which is capable of measuring the wavefronts of four telescopes simultaneously. We further present results of our design study, which aimed at providing a first instrumental concept for GRAVITY.
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Stefan Hippler, Wolfgang Brandner, Yann Clénet, Felix Hormuth, Eric Gendron, Thomas Henning, Ralf Klein, Rainer Lenzen, Daniel Meschke, Vianak Naranjo, Udo Neumann, José Ricardo Ramos, Ralf-Rainer Rohloff, and Frank Eisenhauer "Near-infrared wavefront sensing for the VLT interferometer", Proc. SPIE 7015, Adaptive Optics Systems, 701555 (15 July 2008);

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