Developing performance estimates for high precision astrometry with TMT

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Proceedings titleThird AO4ELT Conference Adaptive Optics for Extremely Large Telescopes Proceedings
Conference3rd Conference on Adaptive Optics for Extremely Large Telescopes, May 26-31 2013, Florence, Italy
AbstractAdaptive optics on Extremely Large Telescopes will open up many new science cases or expand existing science into regimes unattainable with the current generation of telescopes. One example of this is high-precision astrometry, which has requirements in the range from 10 to 50 micro-arcsec for some instruments and science cases. Achieving these requirements imposes stringent constraints on the design of the entire observatory, but also on the calibration procedures, observing sequences and the data analysis techniques. This paper summarizes our efforts to develop a top down astrometry error budget for TMT. It is predominantly developed for the first-light AO system, NFIRAOS, and the IRIS instrument, but many terms are applicable to other configurations as well. Astrometry error sources are divided into 5 categories: reference source and catalog errors, atmospheric refraction correction errors, other residual atmospheric effects, opto mechanical errors and focal plane measurement errors. Results are developed in parametric form whenever possible. However, almost every error term in the error budget depends on the details of the astrometry observations, such as whether absolute or differential astrometry is the goal, whether one observes a sparse or crowded field, what the time scales of interest are, etc. Thus, it is not possible to develop a single error budget that applies to all science cases and separate budgets are developed and detailed for key astrometric observations. Our error budget is consistent with the requirements for differential astrometry of tens of micro-arcsec for certain science cases. While no show stoppers have been found, the work has resulted in several modifications to the NFIRAOS optical surface specifications and reference source design that will help improve the achievable astrometry precision even further.
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PublisherINAF - Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri Largo Enrico Fermi
AffiliationNational Research Council Canada; National Science Infrastructure
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NPARC number23000503
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