We describe a new laser design for a 50 W laser guide star source, suitable for large aperture telescopes employing multi conjugate adaptive optics systems. Design verification experiments will be presented showing bandwidth control and progress towards power scaling.
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T. P. Rutten, P. J. Veitch, and J. Munch, "Development of a Sodium Laser Guide Star for Astronomical Adaptive Optics Systems," in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics/Quantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference and Photonic Applications Systems Technologies, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2007), paper JWA92.
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