SAM Is Coming Together

The SOAR Adaptive Module, SAM, is coming together in the optics lab. Here optical engineer Roberto Tighe (right), and software engineer Rolando Cantarutti test the realtime adaptive software with all of the final opto-mechanical components placed in the SAM module. Meanwhile, work proceeds in parallel on: completion of control electronics, cabling of the module, design of the laser guide star system (for the second phase), and design of the detector mount and dewar for the SAMI imager. The instrument is currently scheduled to be commissioned on the telescope in the Natural Guide Star (NGS) mode in mid-2009. The laser system is scheduled for commissioning a year later.