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1 National Research Council Canada Conseil national de recherches Canada Experimental Laboratory for Instrument Development in Astrophysics Jean-Pierre Véran Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics (DAO) National Research Council of Canada Victoria, BC

2 Participants University of Victoria –Physics, astronomy and mechanical engineering department Simon Fraser University National Research Council of Canada (HIA) –DAO---scientists and engineers to work on AO and CE modules –DRAO---LAR group to work on AR Module Industry: –ASA---1 engineer for 1 year on AO and AR modules –AGO Environmental---winches for AR module –EHR Optical Systems---optical design for AO test-bed –Adaptive Optics Associates---principal supplier for AO module UVic grad students, co-op students and postdocs Other interested people

3 CFI (Canada Foundation for Innovation) grant Collaboration between: –University of Victoria Mechanical Engineering –University of Victoria Physics and Astronomy –Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics / National Research Council –Simon Fraser University Applied Sciences –Industry Three areas of research –Adaptive optics laboratory –Cryogenic/high vacuum laboratory –Airborne receiver / LAR prototype ELIDA - Background

4 Adaptive Optics Laboratory P.I.: Dr. Inna Sharf, Uvic mechanical engineering Goals: –Build an MCAO laboratory bench including turbulence and source generators. –Demonstrate MCAO concept. –Assess performance of MCAO. –Develop and test new control algorithm. –Investigate miniature AO (MEMs). –Use the bench to educate students. Duration: 2 years ( )

5 Budget AR ModuleAO ModuleCE Module cash 440K792K191K cash + in-kind 1.08M1.16M236K

6 Upper DM Lower DM Laser Guide Stars WFS’s Natural Guide Star cameras for tip/tilt sensing Slow WFS or a fast- reading CCD as science camera PC’s and control system Science Light Source Turbulence Simulator Laser beacons Natural Star Light Sources

7 Main equipment 2 MEMs DMs (OKO or Boston Micro Machines) 1 slow WFS (mini-Wavescope from AOA) 2 fast WFS (~ 700 Hz, AOA) Components for 2 fast WFS (AOA, UVic) Control computer and software (AOA) –Updated and modified in house Tip-tilt mirror (vendor TBD) Turbulence generator (developed at Uvic) LGS / NGS source generator (developed at Uvic / HIA) Auxillary optics


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