MAO (MAORY Adaptive Optics) is the a developed numerical simulation tool for adaptive optics. It was created especially to simulate the performance of the MAORY MCAO module of the Extremely Large Telescope. It is a full end-to-end Monte-Carlo code able to perform different flavors of adaptive optics simulation. We used it to investigate the performance of a the MAORY and some specific issue related to calibration, acquisition and operation strategies. As, MAORY, MAO will implement Multi-conjugate Adaptive Optics combining Laser Guide Stars (LGS) and Natural Guide Stars (NGS) measurements. The implementation of the reference truth WFS completes the scheme. The simulation tool implements the various aspect of the MAORY in an end to end fashion. The code has been developed using IDL and use libraries in C++ and CUDA for efficiency improvements. Here we recall the code architecture, we describe the modeled instrument components and the control strategies implemented in the code.
MAORY is one of the four instruments for the E-ELT approved for construction. It is an adaptive optics module offering two compensation modes: multi-conjugate and single-conjugate adaptive optics. The project has recently entered its phase B. A system-level overview of the current status of the project is given in this paper.
The MAORY system is the Multi-Adaptive Optics module for the European Extremely Large Telescope first light. MAORY should provide high and homogeneous image quality over the MICADO Field of View (about 1 arcmin diameter) and still an acceptable correction up to the 3 arcmin technical Field of View. The baseline of MAORY is therefore to rely upon the use of multiple Laser Guide Stars (6), multiple Natural Guide Stars (3) and multiple Deformable Mirrors correction. The Real-Time Computer is a key sub-system of MAORY. It must collect the measurements from various sensing devices and drive thousands of actuators. Many correction loops are foreseen with different update rates. The main requirements concerning the system dimensioning and Real-Rime performance depend on the sensors and on the actuators interface and on the Real-Time Data Processing. In this paper we give a preliminary description of the MAORY Real-Time Control system functional requirements derived from the system baseline at the beginning of the instrument Phase B.