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Recent results for visible Rayleigh guide-star atmospheric experiments
Author(s): David G. Sandler; Edward Louis Cuellar; Michael J. LeFebvre; Todd K. Barrett; Robert L. Arnold; Steven M. Stahl
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Paper Abstract

We report on the operation and performance of a complete integrated 1 m adaptive optics systems for compensation of atmospheric distortion of optical wavefronts. Both visible artificial laser guide stars (doubled Nd:YAG laser with wavelength of 0.532 micrometers ) and natural stars can be used as sources for reference wavefronts. A polarization shearing interferometer which uses a narrow optical bandwidth and has 500 subapertures is employed to sense wavefront distortion. These measurements are used to compute a conjugate wavefront to the distorted input light. The computed conjugate is then imprinted on a deformable mirror which consists of 500 individual square mirror segments. The effectiveness of the compensation is determined from a measured PSF of the system. Both indoor benchtop and atmospheric experiments are under way to test the performance of the integrated system. The results of these tests so far are very promising, yielding short-exposure images at 0.532 microns which contain discernible energy at the diffraction limit of 0.1 arcsec.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 August 1993
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1920, Active and Adaptive Optical Components and Systems II, (25 August 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.152686
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David G. Sandler, ThermoTrex Corp. (United States)
Edward Louis Cuellar, ThermoTrex Corp. (United States)
Michael J. LeFebvre, ThermoTrex Corp. (United States)
Todd K. Barrett, ThermoTrex Corp. (United States)
Robert L. Arnold, ThermoTrex Corp. (United States)
Steven M. Stahl, ThermoTrex Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1920:
Active and Adaptive Optical Components and Systems II
Mark A. Ealey, Editor(s)

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