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Mesospheric sodium monitoring for laser guide star
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Paper Abstract

The experimental study of sodium layer is relevant to fields such as adaptive optics, in particular for laser guide star generation. We have developed an instrument to make systematic measures of the most relevant parameters of the sodium layer above canarian observatories. The measurement provides information about sodium layer: the medium altitude, the columnal abundance, the density profile and temporal evolution. These observations are important to design the new generation of adaptive optic instruments. We present the experimental set-up, the first results of the experiment and the plans to conduct a statistical study in the future.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 November 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5572, Optics in Atmospheric Propagation and Adaptive Systems VII, (11 November 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.565698
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Sergio Chueca, Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (Spain)
Jesus Jimenez Fuensalida, Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (Spain)
Angel Alonso, Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (Spain)
Marcos Reyes, Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (Spain)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5572:
Optics in Atmospheric Propagation and Adaptive Systems VII
John D. Gonglewski; Karin Stein, Editor(s)

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