The Unique Antarctic Atmosphere: Implications for Adaptive Optics

Jon S. Lawrence, Michael C. B. Ashley, Michael G. Burton, James P. Lloyd, John W. V. Storey

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The turbulence structure of the atmosphere is the primary limitation to adaptive optics system performance on extremely large telescopes — driving current world-wide site testing campaigns. The potential for adaptive optics correction on extremely large telescopes located at Dome C station on the Antarctic plateau is investigated here. Due to the unique atmospheric characteristics of this site it is found that a natural guide star adaptive optics system with a single deformable mirror should outperform a multi-conjugate multi-laser guide star system at a mid-latitude site.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationScience with Adaptive Optics
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the ESO Workshop Held at Garching, Germany, 16-19 September 2003
EditorsWolfgang Brandner, Markus E. Kasper
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9783540316053
ISBN (Print)9783540250340
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes
EventThe ESO Workshop on Science with Adaptive Optics - Garching, Germany
Duration: 16 Sep 200319 Sep 2003

Publication series

NameESO Astrophysics Symposia


ConferenceThe ESO Workshop on Science with Adaptive Optics


  • Adaptive Optic
  • Error Budget
  • Large Telescope
  • Adaptive Optic System
  • Strehl Ratio


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