Astron. Astrophys. Suppl. Ser.
Volume 145, Number 2, August 2000
|Page(s)||305 - 310|
|Published online||15 August 2000|
Using single-mode fibers to monitor fast Strehl ratio fluctuations
Application to a 3.6 m telescope corrected by adaptive optics
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Accepted: 31 March 2000
The theory of starlight coupling into single-mode fibers is reviewed to show how i) the central obstruction in a telescope pupil deteriorates coupling efficiency much more than one would expect from the loss of collecting area, and ii) a single-mode fiber and a photometer can be used to monitor fast Strehl ratio fluctuations. This last point is illustrated with experimental data obtained at the 3.6 m La Silla telescope corrected with the ADONIS adaptive optics system. A 37× gain in coupling efficiency was demonstrated by turning on the adaptive optics system, but periodic fluctuations in the coupled signal revealed a vibration of the telescope tube that could not have been detected otherwise.
Key words: telescopes / techniques: interferometric, adaptive optics / instrumentation: large telescopes / optical fibers: single-mode / infrared: general
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