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27 July 2016 Lick Observatory's Shane telescope adaptive optics system (ShaneAO): research directions and progress
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We present a review of the ongoing research activity surrounding the adaptive optics system at the Shane telescope (ShaneAO) particularly the R&D efforts on the technology and algorithms for that will advance AO into wider application for astronomy. We are pursuing the AO challenges for whole sky coverage diffraction-limited correction down to visible science wavelengths. This demands high-order wavefront correction and bright artificial laser beacons. We present recent advancements in the development of MEMS based AO correction, woofer-tweeter architecture, wind-predictive wavefront control algorithms, atmospheric characterization, and a pulsed fiber amplifier guide star laser tuned for optical pumping of the sodium layer. We present the latest on-sky results from the new AO system and present status and experimental plans for the optical pumping guide star laser.
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Donald T. Gavel, Renate Kupke, Alexander R. Rudy, Srikar Srinath, Daren Dillon, and Lisa A. Poyneer "Lick Observatory's Shane telescope adaptive optics system (ShaneAO): research directions and progress", Proc. SPIE 9909, Adaptive Optics Systems V, 99092W (27 July 2016);

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