7 February 2003 VLT laser guide star facility
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We report on the ongoing VLT Laser Guide Star Facility project, which will allow the ESO UT4 telescope to produce an artificial reference star for the Adaptive Optics systems NAOS-CONICA and SINFONI. A custom developed dye laser producing >10W CW at 589nm is installed on-board of the UT4 telescope, then relayed by means of a single mode optical fiber behind the secondary mirror, where a 500mm diameter lightweight, f/1 launch telescope is projecting the laser beam at 90 km altitude. We described the design tradeoffs and provide some details of the chosen subsystems. This paper is an update including subsystems results, to be read together with our previous paper on LGSF design description.
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Domenico Bonaccini, Eric Allaert, Constanza Araujo, Enzo Brunetto, Bernard Buzzoni, Mauro Comin, Martin J. Cullum, Richard I. Davies, Canio Dichirico, Philippe Dierickx, Martin Dimmler, Michel Duchateau, Carsten Egedal, Wolfgang K. P. Hackenberg, Stefan Hippler, Stefan Kellner, Arno van Kesteren, Franz Koch, Udo Neumann, Thomas Ott, Marco Quattri, Jutta Quentin, Sebastian Rabien, Roberto Tamai, Mario Tapia, Massimo Tarenghi, "VLT laser guide star facility", Proc. SPIE 4839, Adaptive Optical System Technologies II, (7 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.459277; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.459277
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