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Limits on adaptive optics from laser guide star incoherency
Author(s): S. Enguehard; B. Hatfield
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Paper Abstract

We investigate a fundamental limit of atmospheric compensation for adaptive optical systems that use uncooperative beacons or laser guide stars. Laser guide stars are generated by backscattering processes that are naturally incoherent. The limit arises because the wavefront sensing component of the adaptive optics cannot differentiate between the incoherency introduced by atmospheric turbulence from that of the laser guide star generation process. The limit is significant and restrictive. Under absolutely ideal conditions with perfect compensation, the compensated Strehl ratio must be less than 0.3. Realistic conditions will reduce this by more than a factor of 2.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 August 2005
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 5895, Target-in-the-Loop: Atmospheric Tracking, Imaging, and Compensation II, 58950C (23 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.619521
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S. Enguehard, AMP Research, Inc. (United States)
B. Hatfield, AMP Research, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5895:
Target-in-the-Loop: Atmospheric Tracking, Imaging, and Compensation II
Michael T. Valley; Mikhail A. Vorontsov, Editor(s)

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