26 October 2016 Daylight operation of a sodium laser guide star for adaptive optics wavefront sensing
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We report contrast measurements of a sodium resonance guide star against the daylight sky when observed through a tuned magneto-optical filter (MOF). The guide star was created by projection of a laser beam at 589.16 nm into the mesospheric sodium layer and the observations were made with a collocated 1.5-m telescope. While MOFs are used with sodium light detecting and ranging systems during the day to improve the signal-to-noise ratio of the measurements, they have not so far been employed with laser guide stars to drive adaptive optics (AO) systems to correct atmospherically induced image blur. We interpret our results in terms of the performance of AO systems for astronomy, with particular emphasis on thermal infrared observations at the next generation of extremely large telescopes now being built.
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Michael Hart, Michael Hart, Stuart M. Jefferies, Stuart M. Jefferies, Neil Murphy, Neil Murphy, } "Daylight operation of a sodium laser guide star for adaptive optics wavefront sensing," Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems 2(4), 040501 (26 October 2016). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.JATIS.2.4.040501 . Submission:
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