Daylight operation of a sodium laser guide star for adaptive optics wavefront sensing
AffiliationUniv Arizona, Coll Optic Sci
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CitationDaylight operation of a sodium laser guide star for adaptive optics wavefront sensing 2016, 2 (4):040501 Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems
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AbstractWe report contrast measurements of a sodium resonance guide star against the daylight sky when observed through a tuned magneto-optical filter (MOF). The guide star was created by projection of a laser beam at 589.16 nm into the mesospheric sodium layer and the observations were made with a collocated 1.5-m telescope. While MOFs are used with sodium light detecting and ranging systems during the day to improve the signalto- noise ratio of the measurements, they have not so far been employed with laser guide stars to drive adaptive optics (AO) systems to correct atmospherically induced image blur. We interpret our results in terms of the performance of AO systems for astronomy, with particular emphasis on thermal infrared observations at the next generation of extremely large telescopes now being built. (C) 2016 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE)
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SponsorsUS Air Force Office of Scientific Research [FA9550-14-1-0178]