Robo-AO Kitt Peak: Status of the system and deployment of a sub-electron readnoise IR camera to detect low-mass companions
- Mäıssa Salamaa, Christoph Baraneca, +4 authors Nicholas M. Lawc
Robo-AO is the first automated laser adaptive optics instrument. In just its second year of scientific operations, it has completed the largest adaptive optics surveys to date, each comprising thousands of targets. Robo-AO uses a fully automated queue scheduling system that selects targets based on criteria entered on a per observing program or per target basis, and includes the ability to coordinate with US Strategic Command automatically to avoid lasing space assets. This enables Robo-AO to select among thousands of targets at a time, and achieve an average observation rate of approximately 20 targets per hour.