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7 February 2003 UnlSlS adaptive optics system at the Mt. Wilson 2.5-m Telescope
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A laser guided adaptive optics system called UnISIS -- University of Illinois Seeing Improvement System -- has been commissioned at the Mt. Wilson 2.5-m Telescope. The UnISIS laser guide star is created via Rayleigh scattering of 351 nm photons from a 30 W excimer laser. The laser guide star is focused at an altitude of 20 km above msl. The UnISIS adaptive optics system sits at the fixed f/30 Coude focus of the 2.5-m telescope while the 30 W excimer laser sits on the observatory ground floor. The collimated laser beam is projected first into the Coude room where it is converted to f/30 and projected into the sky off the 2.5-m primary mirror. We describe the practical experience gained in installing and commissioning UnISIS, and we present simulations of the expected system performance based on the characteristic Cn2 distribution above Mt. Wilson.
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Laird A. Thompson, Scott W. Teare, Christopher R. Neyman, and David G. Sandler "UnlSlS adaptive optics system at the Mt. Wilson 2.5-m Telescope", Proc. SPIE 4839, Adaptive Optical System Technologies II, (7 February 2003);


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