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Tomography for Astronomical Adaptive Optics using the CANARY On-Sky Demonstrator

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CANARY is an on-sky demonstrator instrument for the investigation of novel forms of tomographic Adaptive Optics (AO) which are required by the prospective European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT). CANARY is deployed on the 4.2m William Herschel Telescope in the Canary Islands, Spain. In its most evolved variant (Phase C2), CANARY employs four Laser Guide Star (LGS) Wavefront Sensors (WFS) and three Natural Guide Star (NGS) WFS to perform tomography on the turbulent atmospheric volume above the telescope. The projected wavefront phase error for a particular line of sight is then corrected by two Deformable Mirrors (DMs), and the resultant residual wavefront error is monitored by a further NGS WFS and an image recording camera. We outline the CANARY design, and present the most recent results obtained with a novel open/closed loop control approach designed to mimic the E-ELT.

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