10 July 2008 ELP-OA : status report of the setup of the demonstrator of the polychromatic laser guide star at Observatoire de Haute Provence
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We discuss our Polychromatic Laser Guide Star (PLGS) end-to-end model which relies on the 2-photon excitation of sodium in the mesosphere. We then describe the status of the setup at Observatoire de Haute- Provence of ELP-OA, the (PLGS) concept demonstrator. The PLGS aims at measuring the tilt from the LGS without any NGS. Two dye laser chains locked at 589 and 569nm are required. These chains, are similar to those of our PASS-2 experiment at Pierrelatte (1999). The two oscillators, preamplifiers and amplifiers are pumped with NdYAGs. Both beams are phase modulated with a double sine function. If required, a third stage can be added. It is expected that beams will deliver an output average power of 34W each, so that 22W will be deposited into the mesosphere. If it is not enough, there is enough power supply to twofold it. These lasers are being settled in the building of the OHP 1.52m telescope, partly at the first floor, and partly at the top of the North pillar. Beams will propagate from there to the launch telescope attached to the 1.52m one through a train of mirrors fixed with respect to the beam, so that incident angles are constant. The coudé focus of the 1.52m telescope will be equipped with an adaptive optics device, closely derived from the ONERA's BOA one. The Strehl ratio at 330nm for the differential tilt measurement channel is expected to be 30-40% for r0 = 8 - 10cm. Telescope vibrations will be measured with pendular seismometers upgraded from Tokovinin's prototype. The full demonstrator is planned to run in 2010.
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Renaud Foy, Pierre-Éric Blanc, Thierry Fusco, Andrée Laloge, Auguste Le Van Suu, Sandrine Perruchot, Alain Petit, Pierre Richaud, Michel Tallon, Éric Thiébaut, Michel Boër, "ELP-OA : status report of the setup of the demonstrator of the polychromatic laser guide star at Observatoire de Haute Provence", Proc. SPIE 7015, Adaptive Optics Systems, 701517 (10 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.789287; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.789287
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