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PULSE: The Palomar Ultraviolet Laser for the Study of Exoplanets
Author(s): Christoph Baranec; Richard G. Dekany; Rick S. Burruss; Brendan P. Bowler; Marcos van Dam; Reed Riddle; J. Christopher Shelton; Tuan Truong; Jennifer Roberts; Jennifer Milburn; Jonathan Tesch
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Paper Abstract

The Palomar Ultraviolet Laser for the Study of Exoplanets (PULSE) will dramatically expand the science reach of PALM-3000, the facility high-contrast extreme adaptive optics system on the 5-meter Hale Telescope. By using an ultraviolet laser to measure the dominant high spatial and temporal order turbulence near the telescope aperture, one can increase the limiting natural guide star magnitude for exquisite correction from mV < 10 to mV < 16. Providing the highest near-infrared Strehl ratios from any large telescope laser adaptive optics system, PULSE uniquely enables spectroscopy of low-mass and more distant young exoplanet systems, essential to formulating a complete picture of exoplanet populations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 July 2014
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 9148, Adaptive Optics Systems IV, 91481D (21 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2055351
Show Author Affiliations
Christoph Baranec, Institute for Astronomy, Univ. of Hawai'i (United States)
Richard G. Dekany, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Rick S. Burruss, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Brendan P. Bowler, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Marcos van Dam, Flat Wavefronts (New Zealand)
Reed Riddle, California Institute of Technology (United States)
J. Christopher Shelton, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Tuan Truong, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Jennifer Roberts, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Jennifer Milburn, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Jonathan Tesch, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9148:
Adaptive Optics Systems IV
Enrico Marchetti; Laird M. Close; Jean-Pierre Véran, Editor(s)

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