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Facilitizing the Palomar AO laser guide star system

Roberts, Jennifer E. and Bouchez, Antonin H. and Angione, John and Burruss, Rick S. and Cromer, John L. and Dekany, Richard G. and Guiwits, Stephen R. and Henning, John R. and Hickey, Jeff and Kibblewhite, Edward and McKenna, Daniel L. and Moore, Anna M. and Petrie, Harold L. and Shelton, J. Chris and Thicksten, Robert P. and Trinh, Thang and Tripathi, Renu and Troy, Mitchell and Truong, Tuan and Velur, Viswa (2008) Facilitizing the Palomar AO laser guide star system. In: Adaptive Optics Systems. Proceedings of SPIE. No.7015. Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers , Bellingham, WA, Art. No. 70152S. ISBN 9780819472250.

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We describe the work that has gone into taking the sodium Laser Guide Star (LGS) program on the Palomar AO system from a successful experiment to a facility instrument. In particular, we describe the operation of the system, the BTO (beam transfer optics) system which controls the path of the laser in the dome, the aircraft safety systems and the optical systems which allow us to take advantage of the unique properties of the macro/micro pulse laser. In addition we present on sky performance results that demonstrate K-band Strehl ratios of up to 48%

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Dekany, Richard G.0000-0002-5884-7867
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Additional Information:© 2008 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers. This research was carried out in part at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, and was sponsored by the California Institute of Technology and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Support for new instrument interfaces was generously provided by Ron and Glo Helin. This research is based on observations obtained at the Hale Telescope, Palomar Observatory, as part of a collaborative agreement between the California Institute of Technology, its divisions Caltech Optical Observatories and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (operated for NASA), and Cornell University.
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Subject Keywords:AO, LGS, Palomar
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Official Citation:Jennifer E. Roberts, Antonin H. Bouchez, John Angione, Rick S. Burruss, John L. Cromer, Richard G. Dekany, Stephen R. Guiwits, John R. Henning, Jeff Hickey, Edward Kibblewhite, Daniel L. McKenna, Anna M. Moore, Harold L. Petrie, J. Chris Shelton, Robert P. Thicksten, Thang Trinh, Renu Tripathi, Mitchell Troy, Tuan Truong, Viswa Velur, "Facilitizing the Palomar AO laser guide star system," Proc. SPIE 7015, Adaptive Optics Systems, 70152S (10 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.790042
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