Solar Multi-Conjugate Adaptive Optics at the Dunn Solar Telescope
National Solar Observatory, Sunspot, NM-88349, USA
2 University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
3 Kiepenheuer Institute, Freiburg, Germany
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Solar observations are performed over an extended field of view and the isoplanatic patch over which conventional adaptive optics (AO) provides diffraction limited resolution is a severe limitation. The development of multi-conjugate adaptive optics (MCAO) for the next generation large aperture solar telescopes is thus a top priority. The Sun is an ideal object for the development of MCAO since solar structure provides ,,multiple guide stars” in any desired configuration. At the Dunn Solar Telescope (DST) we implemented a dedicated MCAO bench with the goal of developing well-characterized, operational MCAO. The MCAO system uses 2 deformable mirrors conjugated to the telescope entrance pupil and a layer in the upper atmosphere, respectively. DM2 can be placed at conjugates ranging from 2km to 10km altitude. We have successfully and stably locked the MCAO system on artificial objects (slides), for which turbulence screens are generated directly in front of the DMs, as well as solar structure. We present preliminary results and discuss future plans.
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