Recent science and engineering results with the laser guidestar adaptive optics system at Lick Observatory

Donald Gavel, Elinor Gates, Claire Max, Scot Olivier, Brian Bauman, Deanna Pennington, Bruce Macintosh, Jennifer Patience, Curtis Brown, Pamela Danforth, Randy Hurd, Scott Severson, James Lloyd

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The Lick Observatory laser guide star adaptive optics system has undergone continual improvement and testing as it is being integrated as a facility science instrument on the Shane 3 meter telescope. Both Natural Guide Star (NGS) and Laser Guide Star (LGS) modes are now used in science observing programs. We report on system performance results as derived from data taken on both science and engineering nights and also describe the newly developed on-line techniques for seeing and system performance characterization. We also describe the future enhancements to the Lick system that will enable additional science goals such as long-exposure spectroscopy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
EditorsP.L. Wizinowich, D. Bonaccini
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes
EventAdaptive Optical System Technologies II - Waikoloa, HI, United States
Duration: Aug 22 2002Aug 26 2002


OtherAdaptive Optical System Technologies II
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityWaikoloa, HI


  • Adaptive Optics
  • Astronomy
  • Laser Guide Star
  • Lick Observatory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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