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20 September 1989 Excimer Laser Guide Star Techniques For Adaptive Imaging In Astronomy
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Abstract
Laser guide stars can be produced by Rayleigh scattering of light emitted by a pulsed excimer laser. The necessary laser output power is calculated to be 78 watts for an adaptively corrected 2 meter telescope working in conditions where ro ≈18.5 cm. Because an array of laser guide stars must be used in the system, the required power increases as the square of the telescope aperture.
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Laird A. Thompson and Chester S. Gardner "Excimer Laser Guide Star Techniques For Adaptive Imaging In Astronomy", Proc. SPIE 1114, Active Telescope Systems, (20 September 1989); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.960823
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