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Shack-Hartmann phasing of segmented telescopes: systematic effects from lenslet arrays
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Paper Abstract

The segments in the Keck telescopes are routinely phased using a Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor with subapertures that span adjacent segments. However, one potential limitation to the absolute accuracy of this technique is that it relies on a lenslet array (or a single lens plus a prism array) to form the subimages. These optics have the potential to introduce wavefront errors and stray reflections at the subaperture level that will bias the phasing measurement. We present laboratory data to quantify this effect, using measured errors from Keck and two other lenslet arrays. In addition, as part of the design of the Thirty Meter Telescope Alignment and Phasing System we present a preliminary investigation of a lenslet-free approach that relies on Fresnel diffraction to form the subimages at the CCD. Such a technique has several advantages, including the elimination of lenslet aberrations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 August 2010
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7733, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes III, 77332C (6 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857669
Show Author Affiliations
Mitchell Troy, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Gary Chanan, Univ. of California, Irvine (United States)
Jennifer Roberts, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7733:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes III
Larry M. Stepp; Roberto Gilmozzi; Helen J. Hall, Editor(s)

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