Morris, T. J. (2005) An experimental Rayleigh laser guide star ground layer adaptive optics system for the William Herschel telescope. Doctoral thesis, Durham University.
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.
|Item Type:||Thesis (Doctoral)|
|Award:||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Copyright:||Copyright of this thesis is held by the author|
|Deposited On:||09 Sep 2011 09:53|