4 August 2014 Impact of sodium layer variations on the performance of the E-ELT MCAO module
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Multi-Conjugate Adaptive Optics systems based on sodium Laser Guide Stars may exploit Natural Guide Stars to solve intrinsic limitations of artificial beacons (tip-tilt indetermination and anisoplanatism) and to mitigate the impact of the sodium layer structure and variability. The sodium layer may also have transverse structures leading to differential effects among Laser Guide Stars. Starting from the analysis of the input perturbations related to the Sodium Layer variability, modeled directly on measured sodium layer profiles, we analyze, through a simplified end-to-end simulation code, the impact of the low/medium orders induced on global performance of the European Extremely Large Telescope Multi-Conjugate Adaptive Optics module MAORY.
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L. Schreiber, E. Diolaiti, C. Arcidiacono, T. Pfrommer, R. Holzlöhner, M. Lombini, P. Hickson, "Impact of sodium layer variations on the performance of the E-ELT MCAO module", Proc. SPIE 9148, Adaptive Optics Systems IV, 91486Q (4 August 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2056483; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2056483
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