Design and development of a high-speed visible pyramid wavefront sensor for the MMT AO system

Narsireddy Anugu, Olivier Durney, Katie M. Morzinski, Phil Hinz, Suresh Sivanandam, Jared Males, Andrew Gardner, Chuck Fellows, Manny Montoya, Grant West, Amali Vaz, Emily Mailhot, Jared Carlson, Shaojie Chen, Masen Lamb, Adam Butko, Elwood Downey, Jacob Tyler, Buell Jannuzi

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MAPS, MMT Adaptive optics exoPlanet characterization System, is the upgrade of the adaptive optics system for 6.5-m MMT. It is an NSF MSIP-funded project that includes developing an adaptive-secondary mirror, visible and near-infrared pyramid wavefront sensors, and the upgrade of Arizona infrared imager and echelle spectrograph (ARIES) and MMT High Precision Imaging Polarimeter (MMTPol) science cameras. This paper will present the design and development of the visible pyramid wavefront sensor, VPWFS. It consists of an acquisition camera, a fast-steering tip-tilt modulation mirror, a pyramid, a pupil imaging triplet lens, and a low noise and high-speed frame rate based CCID75 camera. We will report on hardware and software, present the laboratory characterization results of individual subsystems, and outline the on-sky commissioning plan.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdaptive Optics Systems VII
EditorsLaura Schreiber, Dirk Schmidt, Elise Vernet
ISBN (Electronic)9781510636835
StatePublished - 2020
EventAdaptive Optics Systems VII 2020 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: Dec 14 2020Dec 22 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceAdaptive Optics Systems VII 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online


  • Adaptive optics
  • Adaptive secondary mirror
  • MAPS
  • MMT
  • Pyramid wavefront sensor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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