Laser Guide Star with OGS

End year
2012
Organizational Unit
Description

The aim of this project is to create laser guide stars with the OGS laser. Artificial laser stars are needed for the adaptive optics systems being developed for all of the large earth telescopes, in order to correct the effect of atmospheric turbulence on the quality of the image. As well as developing instruments the project will characterise the upper layer of the atmosphere over the observatories (80-110 km), the zone in which backscattering, caused by the resonance of sodium and potassium atoms, is produced. The current plans are to: Undertake monthly sodium layer observation campaigns Study methods for increasing the potency of the system and other improvements Conversion to LIDAR (Light Detection And Ranging).

Principal investigator
JESUS JIMENEZ FUENSALIDA
Project manager
Project staff
Fausto Escobar Romero
Yolanda Martín
Ángeles Rodríguez Hernández
Héctor Vázquez Ramio
Collaborators
ANTONIA MARIA VARELA PEREZ
Jean Vernin - Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis
José M. Rodríguez-Ramos - Universidad de La Laguna
José María Rodríguez-González - Instituto Nacional de Meteorología

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OGS
OGS
Optical Ground Station
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Nocturnal
Ø 100.00 cm