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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 49, Iss. 32 — Nov. 10, 2010
  • pp: 6354–6363

Durham adaptive optics real-time controller

Alastair Basden, Deli Geng, Richard Myers, and Eddy Younger  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 49, Issue 32, pp. 6354-6363 (2010)

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The Durham adaptive optics (AO) real-time controller was initially a proof of concept design for a generic AO control system. It has since been developed into a modern and powerful central-processing-unit-based real-time control system, capable of using hardware acceleration (including field programmable gate arrays and graphical processing units), based primarily around commercial off-the-shelf hardware. It is powerful enough to be used as the real-time controller for all currently planned 8 m class telescope AO systems. Here we give details of this controller and the concepts behind it, and report on performance, including latency and jitter, which is less than 10 μs for small AO systems.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1080) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Active or adaptive optics
(110.1080) Imaging systems : Active or adaptive optics

ToC Category:
Adaptive Optics

Original Manuscript: May 3, 2010
Revised Manuscript: October 6, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: October 13, 2010
Published: November 9, 2010

Alastair Basden, Deli Geng, Richard Myers, and Eddy Younger, "Durham adaptive optics real-time controller," Appl. Opt. 49, 6354-6363 (2010)

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