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13 September 2012 Dimensioning and performances of an AO system for the SALT
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The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT), located at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) site near Sutherland, South Africa, is an 11-metre fixed-elevation telescope currently operating at UV-visible wavelengths (320-950 nm) with a near-infrared extension (850-1700 nm) due in the near future. SALT does not currently have an adaptive optics (AO) system and a feasibility study for adding one is under way. Using results from an on-going site monitoring campaign at the SAAO we have begun carrying out simulations to investigate how different AO systems might perform and could be optimized for SALT. We will present the parameters of an optimization study and performance results for a single on-axis natural guide star (NGS) AO system on SALT for operation at both visible (R) and near-IR (J and H) wavelengths.
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L. Catala, M. Carbillet, L. Jolissaint, D. A. H. Buckley, S. M. Crawford, and T. Pickering "Dimensioning and performances of an AO system for the SALT", Proc. SPIE 8447, Adaptive Optics Systems III, 84473W (13 September 2012);

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