6 August 2014 Early laser operations at the Large Binocular Telescope Observatory
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ARGOS is the GLAO (Ground-Layer Adaptive Optics) Rayleigh-based LGS (Laser Guide Star) facility for the Large Binocular Telescope Observatory (LBTO). It is dedicated for observations with LUCI1 and LUCI2, LBTO's pair of NIR imagers and multi-object spectrographs. The system projects three laser beams from the back of each of the two secondary mirror units, which create two constellations circumscribed on circles of 2 arcmin radius with 120 degree spacing. Each of the six Nd:YAG lasers provides a beam of green (532nm) pulses at a rate of 10kHz with a power of 14W to 18W. We achieved first on-sky propagation on the night of November 5, 2013, and commissioning of the full system will take place during 2014. We present the initial results of laser operations at the observatory, including safety procedures and the required coordination with external agencies (FAA, Space Command, and Military Airspace Manager). We also describe our operational procedures and report on our experiences with aircraft spotters. Future plans for safer and more efficient aircraft monitoring and detection are discussed.
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Gustavo Rahmer, Gustavo Rahmer, Michael Lefebvre, Michael Lefebvre, Julian Christou, Julian Christou, Walfried Raab, Walfried Raab, Sebastian Rabien, Sebastian Rabien, Julian Ziegleder, Julian Ziegleder, José Luis Borelli, José Luis Borelli, Wolfgang Gässler, Wolfgang Gässler, } "Early laser operations at the Large Binocular Telescope Observatory", Proc. SPIE 9149, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems V, 91492A (6 August 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2056774; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2056774
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