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28 June 2006 20-W and 50-W solid-state sodium beacon guidestar laser systems for the Keck I and Gemini South telescopes
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Lockheed Martin Coherent Technologies (LMCT) is developing 20 W and 50 W commercial solid-state sodium beacon Guidestar Laser Systems (GLS) for the Keck I and Gemini South telescopes, respectively. This work represents a critical step toward addressing the need of the astronomical adaptive optics (AO) community for a standardized, robust, turn-key, commercial GLS that can be configured for different observatory facilities and for different AO formats - including multi-conjugate AO (MCAO) and future extremely large telescopes. These modular systems build on the proven laser technologies, user-friendly interface, and low maintenance design that were developed for the successful 12 W GLS delivered by LMCT to the Gemini North telescope in February 2005. This paper describes the GLS requirements for the Keck I and Gemini South telescopes, the design of the laser oscillators, amplifiers, sum-frequency generator, and diagnostics; the functionality of the automated remote laser control system; size, weight, power, and performance data; and the current status of the programs.
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Allen K. Hankla, Jarett Bartholomew, Ken Groff, Ian Lee, Iain T. McKinnie, Grant Moule, Nathan Rogers, Bruce Tiemann, Allen J. Tracy, Paul VanHoudt, Sean M. Adkins, and Céline d'Orgeville "20-W and 50-W solid-state sodium beacon guidestar laser systems for the Keck I and Gemini South telescopes", Proc. SPIE 6272, Advances in Adaptive Optics II, 62721G (28 June 2006); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.670054
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