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Design and field tests of an 8-W sum-frequency laser for adaptive optics
Author(s): Edward J. Kibblewhite; Fang Shi
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Paper Abstract

The design and characteristics of an 8 watt diode laser pumped version of the sum frequency laser designed for astronomy is described together with an outline of field test undertaken on the NOAO Vacuum Telescope Tower at Sac Peak. Optical pumping effects were shown to increase the return by a factor of 2.5 subarcsecond beacons were produces with a brightness equal to a 9.2 magnitude star with 1.2 watts incident at the sodium layer under sodium abundance column density of 5 X 109 atoms/cm2.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 September 1998
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3353, Adaptive Optical System Technologies, (11 September 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.321710
Show Author Affiliations
Edward J. Kibblewhite, Univ. of Chicago (United States)
Fang Shi, Univ. of Chicago (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3353:
Adaptive Optical System Technologies
Domenico Bonaccini; Robert K. Tyson, Editor(s)

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