High-gain double-pass pulsed dye amplifiers for laser guide stars

D. Kapitan*, D. W. Coutts, C. E. Webb

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Laser guide stars (LGS) are required to obtain complete sky coverage for astronomical telescopes incorporating adaptive optics. Resonant scattering of a high power pulsed laser from atomic sodium in the mesosphere is the most promising technique for the production of a LGS. However, due to saturation of the sodium layer, the efficient generation of a bright LGS using pulsed excitation is difficult. A modular system is being devised where the brightness of the LGS can be increased linearly by adding more laser units.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe - Technical Digest
Editors Anon
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Pages283
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1996 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe, CLEO/Europe - Hamburg, Ger
Duration: 8 Sep 199613 Sep 1996

Other

OtherProceedings of the 1996 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe, CLEO/Europe
CityHamburg, Ger
Period8/09/9613/09/96

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