18 July 2016 Operations of the laser traffic control system in Paranal
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The Laser Traffic Control System (LTCS) of the Paranal Observatory is the first component of the Adaptive Optics Facility (AOF, [8]) entering routine operations: a laser beam avoidance tool to support operations of an observatory equipped with five lasers and several laser-sensitive instruments, providing real-time information about ongoing and future collisions. LTCS-Paranal interfaces with ESO’s observing tools, OT and vOT. Altogether, this system allows the night operators to plan and execute their observations without worrying about possible collisions between the laser beam(s) and other lasersensitive equipment, aiming at a more efficient planning of the night, preventing time losses and laser-contaminated observations.
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P. Santos, P. Amico, D. Summers, P. Duhoux, R. Arsenault, T. Bierwirth, H. Kuntschner, P.-Y. Madec, M. Pruemm, M. Rejkuba, "Operations of the laser traffic control system in Paranal", Proc. SPIE 9910, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VI, 991024 (18 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2231662; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2231662
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