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Publication details for Dr Alastair Basden

Basden, A.G., Bharmal, N.A., Jenkins, D., Morris, T.J., Osborn, J., Peng, J. & Staykov, L. (2018). The Durham Adaptive Optics Simulation Platform (DASP): Current status. SoftwareX 7: 63-69.

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The Durham Adaptive Optics Simulation Platform (DASP) is a Monte-Carlo modelling tool used for the simulation of astronomical and solar adaptive optics systems. In recent years, this tool has been used to predict the expected performance of the forthcoming extremely large telescope adaptive optics systems, and has seen the addition of several modules with new features, including Fresnel optics propagation and extended object wavefront sensing. Here, we provide an overview of the features of DASP and the situations in which it can be used. Additionally, the user tools for configuration and control are described.