15 December 1999 Evaluation of an SLR adaptive optics system
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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.
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Stefan Riepl, Stefan Riepl, Wolfgang Schlueter, Wolfgang Schlueter, Ulrich Schreiber, Ulrich Schreiber, } "Evaluation of an SLR adaptive optics system", Proc. SPIE 3865, Laser Radar Ranging and Atmospheric Lidar Techniques II, (15 December 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.373023; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.373023
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