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Durham extremely large telescope adaptive optics simulation platform

Basden, A.G.; Butterley, T.; Myers, R.M.; Wilson, R.W.

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T. Butterley


Adaptive optics systems are essential on all large telescopes for which image quality is important. These are complex systems with many design parameters requiring optimization before good performance can be achieved. The simulation of adaptive optics systems is therefore necessary to categorize the expected performance. We describe an adaptive optics simulation platform, developed at Durham University, which can be used to simulate adaptive optics systems on the largest proposed future extremely large telescopes as well as on current systems. This platform is modular, object oriented, and has the benefit of hardware application acceleration that can be used to improve the simulation performance, essential for ensuring that the run time of a given simulation is acceptable. The simulation platform described here can be highly parallelized using parallelization techniques suited for adaptive optics simulation, while still offering the user complete control while the simulation is running. The results from the simulation of a ground layer adaptive optics system are provided as an example to demonstrate the flexibility of this simulation platform.


Basden, A., Butterley, T., Myers, R., & Wilson, R. (2007). Durham extremely large telescope adaptive optics simulation platform. Applied optics, 46(7), 1089-1098.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Mar 1, 2007
Deposit Date Mar 19, 2007
Publicly Available Date Nov 10, 2010
Journal Applied Optics
Print ISSN 0003-6935
Publisher The Optical Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 46
Issue 7
Pages 1089-1098
Keywords Ocean optics, Wave-front sensing, Adaptive optics.


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Copyright Statement
© 2007 Optical Society of America.

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