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Design of PARSEC, the VLT laser
Author(s): Sebastian Rabien; Richard I. Davies; Thomas Ott; J. Li; Stefan Hippler; Udo Neumann
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Paper Abstract

For the successful operation of laser referenced adaptive optic systems very powerful lasers for the creation of sodium guide stars are necessary. Here we introduce the design of PARSEC, the cw sodium-line laser for the VLT, and present out first laboratory results on the performance of the system. So far we have achieved a stable output power of 12.8W in a single spatial mode and a single frequency.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 February 2003
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4839, Adaptive Optical System Technologies II, (7 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.457097
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Sebastian Rabien, Max-Planck-Institut fur extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Richard I. Davies, Max-Planck-Institut fur extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Thomas Ott, Max-Planck-Institut fur extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
J. Li, Max-Planck-Institut fur extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Stefan Hippler, Max-Planck-Institut fur Astronomie (Germany)
Udo Neumann, Max-Planck-Institut fur Astronomie (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4839:
Adaptive Optical System Technologies II
Peter L. Wizinowich; Domenico Bonaccini, Editor(s)

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