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  • Vol. 17, Iss. 21 — Nov. 1, 1992
  • pp: 1485–1487

Experimental demonstration of a Rayleigh-scattered laser guide star at 351 nm

Laird A. Thompson and Richard M. Castle  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 17, Issue 21, pp. 1485-1487 (1992)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.17.001485


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Abstract

A commercially manufactured excimer laser was used to project a focused laser beam into the atmosphere to altitudes in the range of 10 to 30 km. Rayleigh-backscattered light from a slice of the illuminated column, when imaged in a ground-based telescope, produced an image that is essentially identical to that of a natural star. This experiment demonstrates the ease of producing bright and sharply focused laser guide stars at 351 nm. Such laser guide stars are ideal for guiding astronomical telescopes equipped with adaptive optics.

© 1992 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: June 19, 1992
Published: November 1, 1992

Citation
Laird A. Thompson and Richard M. Castle, "Experimental demonstration of a Rayleigh-scattered laser guide star at 351 nm," Opt. Lett. 17, 1485-1487 (1992)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-17-21-1485

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