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A bright, pulsed, guide star laser for very large telescopes

A bright, pulsed, guide star laser for very large telescopes
A bright, pulsed, guide star laser for very large telescopes
We demonstrate for the first time the practical feasibility of a new sodium guide star laser with a pulsed burst output of sufficient energy at 589nm to be useful for current applications and readily scalable to meet future requirements. We describe complete experimental design verification results of the pulse burst laser concept, optimized to eliminate guide-star elongation issues and to meet all requirements for Multi Conjugate Adaptive Optics (MCAO) for future extremely large ground-based telescopes (ELTs). It makes use of sum frequency generation (SFG) of two, Q-switched, injection mode-locked, wavelength stabilized Nd:YAG lasers, producing a macro-micro, pulse-burst output which is optimized in power and bandwidth to maximize the fluorescence from the high altitude sodium layer.
Guide star laser, adaptive optics, elongation, macro-micro pulse-burst, injection mode-locking, bandwidth control
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Munch, Jesper
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Hamilton, Murray
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Hosken, David
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Simakov, Nikita
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Veitch, Peter
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Munch, Jesper
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Hamilton, Murray
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Hosken, David
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Simakov, Nikita
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Veitch, Peter
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Munch, Jesper, Hamilton, Murray, Hosken, David, Simakov, Nikita and Veitch, Peter (2010) A bright, pulsed, guide star laser for very large telescopes. Proceedings of SPIE, 7736, [77361X]. (doi:10.1117/12.856821).

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Abstract

We demonstrate for the first time the practical feasibility of a new sodium guide star laser with a pulsed burst output of sufficient energy at 589nm to be useful for current applications and readily scalable to meet future requirements. We describe complete experimental design verification results of the pulse burst laser concept, optimized to eliminate guide-star elongation issues and to meet all requirements for Multi Conjugate Adaptive Optics (MCAO) for future extremely large ground-based telescopes (ELTs). It makes use of sum frequency generation (SFG) of two, Q-switched, injection mode-locked, wavelength stabilized Nd:YAG lasers, producing a macro-micro, pulse-burst output which is optimized in power and bandwidth to maximize the fluorescence from the high altitude sodium layer.

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Published date: 28 July 2010
Additional Information: SPIE 7736, Adaptive Optics Systems II, San Diego
Venue - Dates: SPIE Optics & Photonics 2010, United States, 2010-08-01 - 2010-08-05
Keywords: Guide star laser, adaptive optics, elongation, macro-micro pulse-burst, injection mode-locking, bandwidth control

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Local EPrints ID: 415565
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/415565
ISSN: 0277-786X
PURE UUID: e911665c-47a1-42a8-a28b-d2da38ac91b5

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Last modified: 05 Oct 2018 11:57

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