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Early laser operations at the Large Binocular Telescope Observatory
Author(s): Gustavo Rahmer; Michael Lefebvre; Julian Christou; Walfried Raab; Sebastian Rabien; Julian Ziegleder; José Luis Borelli; Wolfgang Gässler
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Paper Abstract

ARGOS is the GLAO (Ground-Layer Adaptive Optics) Rayleigh-based LGS (Laser Guide Star) facility for the Large Binocular Telescope Observatory (LBTO). It is dedicated for observations with LUCI1 and LUCI2, LBTO's pair of NIR imagers and multi-object spectrographs. The system projects three laser beams from the back of each of the two secondary mirror units, which create two constellations circumscribed on circles of 2 arcmin radius with 120 degree spacing. Each of the six Nd:YAG lasers provides a beam of green (532nm) pulses at a rate of 10kHz with a power of 14W to 18W. We achieved first on-sky propagation on the night of November 5, 2013, and commissioning of the full system will take place during 2014. We present the initial results of laser operations at the observatory, including safety procedures and the required coordination with external agencies (FAA, Space Command, and Military Airspace Manager). We also describe our operational procedures and report on our experiences with aircraft spotters. Future plans for safer and more efficient aircraft monitoring and detection are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 August 2014
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 9149, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems V, 91492A (6 August 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2056774
Show Author Affiliations
Gustavo Rahmer, Large Binocular Telescope Observatory (United States)
Michael Lefebvre, Large Binocular Telescope Observatory (United States)
Julian Christou, Large Binocular Telescope Observatory (United States)
Walfried Raab, Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Sebastian Rabien, Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Julian Ziegleder, Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
José Luis Borelli, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
Wolfgang Gässler, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9149:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems V
Alison B. Peck; Chris R. Benn; Robert L. Seaman, Editor(s)

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