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Title: Smartphone Screens as Astrometric Calibrators
Geometric optical distortion is a significant contributor to the astrometric error budget in large telescopes using adaptive optics. To increase astrometric precision, optical distortion calibration is necessary. We investigate using smartphone Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) screens as astrometric calibrators. Smartphones are low-cost, have stable illumination, and can be quickly reconfigured to probe different spatial frequencies of an optical system’s geometric distortion. In this work, we characterize the astrometric accuracy of a Samsung S20 smartphone, with a view towards providing large format, flexible astrometric calibrators for the next generation of astronomical instruments. We find the placement error of the pixels to be 189[Formula: see text]nm ± 15[Formula: see text]nm Root Mean Square (RMS). At this level of error, milliarcsecond astrometric accuracy can be obtained on modern astronomical instruments.  more » « less
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