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Title: An experimental Rayleigh laser guide star ground layer adaptive optics system for the William Herschel telescope
Author: Morris, T. J.
Awarding Body: Durham University
Current Institution: Durham University
Date of Award: 2005
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The design of an experimental ground layer adaptive optics (GLAO) system that uses a low altitude Rayleigh laser guide star as a wavefront reference source is presented. GLAO is a technique for achieving wide-field partial adaptive optics correction of the aberrations in a wavefront due to the effects of propagation through a turbulent atmosphere. The theoretical performance of the GLAO sub-systems, such as the laser launch system, wavefront sensor and optical train are analysed and compared, where possible, to measurements taken both under laboratory conditions and on-sky at the William Herschel Telescope.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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