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WIde-field adaptive optics correction using a single rotating laser guide star.

Morris, T. J. and Myers, R. M. (2006) 'WIde-field adaptive optics correction using a single rotating laser guide star.', Monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society., 370 (4). pp. 1783-1789.


The problem of providing Adaptive Optics (AO) correction over a wide field of view is one that can be alleviated by using multiple conjugate AO (MCAO), or a low-altitude Laser Guide Star (LGS) that is projected to an altitude below any high layer turbulence. A low-altitude LGS can only sense wavefront distortions induced by low-altitude turbulence, which is dominated by a strong boundary layer at the ground. Sensing only the wavefront from this layer provides an AO system with a more spatially invariant performance over the telescope field of view at the expense of overall correction. An alternative method for measuring a ground-layer biased wavefront using a single rotating LGS is presented together with a numerical analysis of the wide-field performance of an AO system utilizing such a LGS. System performance in H and K bands is predicted in terms of system Strehl ratio, which shows that uniform correction can be obtained over fields of view of 200 arcsec in diameter. The simulations also show that the on-axis performance of a LGS utilizing Rayleigh backscattered light will be improved.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Instrumentation, Adaptive optics.
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Date deposited:09 December 2016
Date of first online publication:August 2006
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