Adaptive Optics Performance from Antarctica

Lawrence, Jon S., 2003, IAU Special Session, 2, 22 | View on ADS (2003IAUSS...2E..22L)


The Antarctic plateau is known to be a premier site for astrophysical observations in the infrared due to the very low sky background. It is also known to have an extremely low turbulence profile which has been previously shown to increase the useful field of view of a telescope equipped with an adaptive optics system. The current paper presents a detailed error budget calculation comparing adaptive optics performance from 2 m and 8 m Antarctic plateau infrared telescopes with similar telescopes operated in an atmosphere characteristic of Mauna Kea.


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