In the Laboratory for Adaptive Optics, I work with the Multi-Congugate Adaptive Optics Test Bench (MCAO Test Bench), a system that simulates the operation of a large (30-m class) telescope and the effects of atmospheric turbulence on such a telescope.

As part of my work on the MCAO Test Bench, I redeveloped much of the test bench software to support a more modular and less state-dependent approach to the operation of the test bench. The MCAO Test Bench software is documented online at http://people.ucsc.edu/~arrudy/MCAO/.

MCAO Test Bench Diagram

A schematic of the MCAO Test Bench