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Facilitizing the Palomar AO laser guide star system
Author(s): Jennifer E. Roberts; Antonin H. Bouchez; John Angione; Rick S. Burruss; John L. Cromer; Richard G. Dekany; Stephen R. Guiwits; John R. Henning; Jeff Hickey; Edward Kibblewhite; Daniel L. McKenna; Anna M. Moore; Harold L. Petrie; J. Chris Shelton; Robert P. Thicksten; Thang Trinh; Renu Tripathi; Mitchell Troy; Tuan Truong; Viswa Velur
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Paper Abstract

We describe the work that has gone into taking the sodium Laser Guide Star (LGS) program on the Palomar AO system from a successful experiment to a facility instrument. In particular, we describe the operation of the system, the BTO (beam transfer optics) system which controls the path of the laser in the dome, the aircraft safety systems and the optical systems which allow us to take advantage of the unique properties of the macro/micro pulse laser. In addition we present on sky performance results that demonstrate K-band Strehl ratios of up to 48%

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 July 2008
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7015, Adaptive Optics Systems, 70152S (10 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.790042
Show Author Affiliations
Jennifer E. Roberts, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Antonin H. Bouchez, California Institute of Technology (United States)
John Angione, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Rick S. Burruss, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
John L. Cromer, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Richard G. Dekany, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Stephen R. Guiwits, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
John R. Henning, Palomar Observatory, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Jeff Hickey, Palomar Observatory, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Edward Kibblewhite, Univ. of Chicago (United States)
Daniel L. McKenna, Palomar Observatory, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Anna M. Moore, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Harold L. Petrie, Palomar Observatory, California Institute of Technology (United States)
J. Chris Shelton, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Robert P. Thicksten, Palomar Observatory, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Thang Trinh, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Renu Tripathi, Palomar Observatory, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Mitchell Troy, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Tuan Truong, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Viswa Velur, California Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7015:
Adaptive Optics Systems
Norbert Hubin; Claire E. Max; Peter L. Wizinowich, Editor(s)

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