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Semiconductor guidestar laser for astronomy, space, and laser communications: prototype design and expected performance
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A new type of sodium guidestar laser based on semiconductor laser technology is being developed by the astronomy, space, and laser communication communities in Australia and the United States, in partnership with laser manufacturer Arete Associates. Funding has been secured from the Australian Research Council and the Australian National University, with support from academic (UNSW) and industry partners (AAO, GMTO, EOS, Lockheed Martin). The consortium aims to develop a full scale prototype of the Semiconductor Guidestar Laser. The laser, to be delivered in 2019, will be initially installed on the EOS Satellite and Debris Tracking Station 1.8m telescope at Mount Stromlo Observatory where it will be thoroughly tested, on sky and in real operation conditions. This will be the first time that a Laser Guide Star is created in Australian skies. We present the project motivation and objectives, laser development and test plans, and the preliminary test results obtained to date.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 July 2018
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 10703, Adaptive Optics Systems VI, 107030T (10 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2312405
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Céline d'Orgeville, The Australian National Univ. (Australia)
Gregory J. Fetzer, Areté Associates (United States)
Steven Floyd, Areté Associates (United States)
Luke Hill, Areté Associates (United States)
Steve Rako, Areté Associates (United States)
Nathan Woody, Areté Associates (United States)
. Sandalphon, Cinnabar Optics (United States)
Francis Bennet, The Australian National Univ. (Australia)
Antonin Bouchez, GMTO Corp. (United States)
Yue Gao, EOS Space Systems Pty. Ltd. (Australia)
Michael Goodwin, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Andrew Lambert, The Univ. of New South Wales (Australia)
James Mason, Lockheed Martin Space Systems (United States)
Francois Rigaut, The Australian National Univ. (Australia)
Stuart Ryder, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Daniel Shaddock, The Australian National Univ. (Australia)
Robert Sharp, The Australian National Univ. (Australia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10703:
Adaptive Optics Systems VI
Laird M. Close; Laura Schreiber; Dirk Schmidt, Editor(s)

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