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Evaluation of an SLR adaptive optics system
Author(s): Stefan Riepl; Wolfgang Schlueter; Ulrich Schreiber
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Paper Abstract

Atmospheric turbulence is, next to the limited size of transmit apertures and the degree of collimation of the transmit laserbeam, the most influent effect limiting the maximum possible link budget in Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR) systems. A low order adaptive optics system for SLR stations is discussed and evaluated in terms of the usually rugged seeing conditions at SLR-sites. In contrast to astronomical adaptive optics applications, this system uses sunlit geodetic satellites or lunar craters as point source reference objects in order to impose a precorrection on the transmit metrology laser beam wavefront.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 December 1999
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 3865, Laser Radar Ranging and Atmospheric Lidar Techniques II, (15 December 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.373023
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Stefan Riepl, Bundesamt fuer Kartographie und Geodaesie (Germany)
Wolfgang Schlueter, Bundesamt fuer Kartographie und Geodaesie (Germany)
Ulrich Schreiber, Forschungseinrichtung Satellitengeodaesie (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3865:
Laser Radar Ranging and Atmospheric Lidar Techniques II
Ulrich Schreiber; Christian Werner, Editor(s)

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