SAM = SOAR Adaptive Module



  • GLAO in the visible, the SAM experience, by A. Tokovinin. In: Adaptive Optics for ELT3, Florence, May 2013 (sciencesconf.org:ao4elt3:12940) [ PDF, 240K ]
  • Performance of the SOAR adaptive module with UV Rayleigh guide star, by A.Tokovinin, R.Tighe, P.Schurter, R.Cantarutti, N.van der Bliek, M.Martinez, E.Mondaca, S.Heathcote. 2012, Proc. SPIE, 8447, paper 166 [ PDF, 904K ]
  • SAM sees the light, by A.Tokovinin, R.Tighe, P.Schurter, R.Cantarutti, N.van der Bliek, M.Martinez, E.Mondaca, A.Montane, W. Naudy Cortes. 2010, Proc. SPIE, 7736, paper 7736-132 [ PDF, 874K ]
  • SAM - a facility GLAO instrument, by A.Tokovinin, R.Tighe, P.Schurter, R.Cantarutti, N.van der Bliek, M.Martinez, E.Mondaca, A.Montane. Proc. SPIE, 2008, V. 7015, paper #157 [ PDF, 2M ]
  • Performance and error budget of a GLAO system, by A.Tokovinin. Proc. SPIE, 2008, V. 7015, paper #77[ PDF, 216KB ]
  • SOAR Telescope Control System [PDF]. November 9, 2005
  • Update of LGS design (R.Tighe) [PPT, 353Kb]. May 22, 2007
  • Location of SAM laser at SOAR (R.Tighe) [PPT, 488Kb]. December 20, 2006
  • SOAR Computer System Diagrams [PDF]. November 9, 2005
  • Interface of the SOAR M3 with a Tip-Tilt Error Sensor [PDF]. November 9, 2005
  • SOAR TCS Commands [PDF]. November 9, 2005
  • Tertiary Mirror Assembly Electrical Interface [PDF]. November 9, 2005
  • The SOAR Communication Library New (SCLN) [PDF]. November 9, 2005
  • Report on the closed loop tests [HTML]. March 2, 2005
  • SPIE Paper: A. Tokovinin, S. Thomas, B. Gregory, N.van der Bliek, P. Schurter, R. Cantarutti, "Design of ground-layer turbulence compensation with a Raleigh beacon". Proc. SPIE, 2004, 5490, 870-878 [540K, PDF]
  • SPIE Paper: A. Tokovinin, S. Thomas, G. Vdovin, "Using 50-mm electrostatic membrane deformable mirror in astronomical adaptive optics" Proc. SPIE, 2004, 5490, 580-585 [328K, PDF]
  • SPIE Paper: S. Thomas, "A Simple Turbulence Simulator for Adaptive Optics" Proc. SPIE, 2004, 5490, 766-773 [675.4KB, PDF]
  • SPIE Paper: S. Thomas, "Optimized Centroid Computing in a Shack-Hartmann Sensor" Proc. SPIE, 2004, 5490, 1238-1246 [325.8KB, PDF]
  • Presentation for the Observatories Council meeting given on June 3, 2004 [ 1048K, PPT]
  • Report on Delta-CoDR (May 19, 2004) (PDF)
  • S. Thomas, "SAM - the SOAR Adaptive Module". Paper at "DEUXIEMES JOURNEES D'IMAGERIE A TRES HAUTE DYNAMIQUE ET DETECTION
    D'EXOPLANETES" (Nice, 6-10th October, 2003 - to be published by EAS) [340K, PDF]
  • Adaptive Optics Tutorial at CTIO [html].
  • ACTR meeting, CTIO, May 26, 2003 [html]
  • The PAPER and the presentation (.ppt) at the SPIE Waikoloa Conference in August 2002 (SPIE Proc., 2003, V. 439, pp. 673-680).
  • Concepts of Adaptive Optics for SOAR. [Document: 342K, PS]
  • Presentation of SOAR AO (July 12, 2001) [Slides: 360K, PS]
  • Simulation results (text files)
  • Results of system simulation with F.Rigaut's code (Dec 10, 2001) [95K, PS]
  • SOAR SAC, Oct-10-2001: html presentaion of AO project
  • Project description (rev.1.7, Sept. 2001) [84K, gzipped PS]
  • The html document (Sept. 2001): Concepts of Adaptive Optics for SOAR.
  • Seeing at Cerro Pachon [52K, PS]




  • CTIO-SOAR Laser Safety Program (23 Oct, 2008) PDF and .doc
  • Standard Operating Procedures in the Laboratory (23 Oct, 2008) PDF and .doc
  • Scripts of phone calls to LCH PDF





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