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Simulations of AO for the E-ELT and its instruments


We present an overview of the latest simulation results obtained for the European Extremely Large Telescope's different Adaptive Optics systems. Different areas of the telescope and instruments are covered. Simulations showing how a single conjugated AO system can be used to detect a scalloping error is shown. We show that when the scalloping error modes are entered in the reconstruction modal basis, the DM shape can be used to estimate the scalloping error through a simple matrix vector multiply. Temporal averaging allows to get rid of the atmospheric noise on the scalloping measurement assuming a perfect “scalloping actuator” and to get a measurement accuracy of ~20nm rms. In a second part, we focus on a few results obtained on tomographic AO systems, like for example the sensitivity to the number of Deformable Mirrors and their pitch in multi-conjugate AO, and the impact of the outer scale of turbulence on Laser tomography AO.

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