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Adaptive optics correction of segment aberration

Abstract 101

Submitted by Natalia YAITSKOVA


N. Yaitskova


European Southern Observatory


The objective of the present study is to estimate the ability of conventional adaptive optics (AO) to correct for a wavefront created by static errors randomly distributed over the population of a multi-segmented primary mirror for an extremely large telescope (ELT). The criterion for the performance of AO is a correction factor: a ratio between two root mean square (RMS) values of the phase before and after the AO correction. We define a best value for the correction factor as the one obtained in an AO model described as a hard-edge high-pass filter applied to phase aberrations of the telescope pupil. We compare the results of other AO models with this best value. The relation between RMS and the power spectral density helps us evaluate the initial requirements of segment aberration for optimistic and pessimistic cases without need of specifying the type of AO. This work develops a tool which can be used for: segment manufacturing specifications, defining the requirements on an active optics system controlling segment shape, and for designing a high contrast imaging instrument for an ELT.