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Operations of the laser traffic control system in Paranal
Author(s): P. Santos; P. Amico; D. Summers; P. Duhoux; R. Arsenault; T. Bierwirth; H. Kuntschner; P.-Y. Madec; M. Pruemm; M. Rejkuba
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Paper Abstract

The Laser Traffic Control System (LTCS) of the Paranal Observatory is the first component of the Adaptive Optics Facility (AOF, [8]) entering routine operations: a laser beam avoidance tool to support operations of an observatory equipped with five lasers and several laser-sensitive instruments, providing real-time information about ongoing and future collisions. LTCS-Paranal interfaces with ESO’s observing tools, OT and vOT. Altogether, this system allows the night operators to plan and execute their observations without worrying about possible collisions between the laser beam(s) and other lasersensitive equipment, aiming at a more efficient planning of the night, preventing time losses and laser-contaminated observations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 July 2016
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 9910, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VI, 991024 (18 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2231662
Show Author Affiliations
P. Santos, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
P. Amico, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
D. Summers, Large Binocular Telescope Observatory (United States)
P. Duhoux, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
R. Arsenault, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
T. Bierwirth, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
H. Kuntschner, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
P.-Y. Madec, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
M. Pruemm, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Informate (Germany)
M. Rejkuba, European Southern Observatory (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9910:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VI
Alison B. Peck; Robert L. Seaman; Chris R. Benn, Editor(s)

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