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  • Vol. 44, Iss. 9 — Mar. 21, 2005
  • pp: 1748–1760

Optical system design and integration of the Mercury Laser Altimeter

Luis Ramos-Izquierdo, V. Stanley Scott III, Stephen Schmidt, Jamie Britt, William Mamakos, Raymond Trunzo, John Cavanaugh, and Roger Miller  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 44, Issue 9, pp. 1748-1760 (2005)

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The Mercury Laser Altimeter (MLA), developed for the 2004 MESSENGER mission to Mercury, is designed to measure the planet's topography by laser ranging. A description of the MLA optical system and its measured optical performance during instrument-level and spacecraft-level integration and testing are presented.

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OCIS Codes
(120.4570) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical design of instruments
(280.3400) Remote sensing and sensors : Laser range finder

Luis Ramos-Izquierdo, V. Stanley Scott III, Stephen Schmidt, Jamie Britt, William Mamakos, Raymond Trunzo, John Cavanaugh, and Roger Miller, "Optical system design and integration of the Mercury Laser Altimeter," Appl. Opt. 44, 1748-1760 (2005)

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