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3ed Laser Technology and Systems for Astronomy Workshop, November 2, 2007

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The CfAO Fall Retreat this year will be taking place at Lake Arrowhead. As part of this retreat, one day (Friday Nov 2) will be dedicated to a third "Laser Technology and Systems for Astronomy" workshop. The purpose of the workshops is to foster information interchange between laser users and laser developers, discuss the challenging problems or limitations in laser performance, and create potential collaborations for CfAO research efforts in the remaining two years of the Center. Agenda topics might include

  1. Status of the telescope LGS AO projects. 2nd generation laser requirements.
  2. Sodium return signal measurements. Quantitative methods for characterizing the outgoing beam quality, spot size, and return signal, Laser to sodium coupling physics.
  3. Key component technologies status (mixing crystals, fibers).
  4. Methods of beam transport, projection, and uplink correction.
  5. Lessons learned in field hardening for mountaintop operation.
  6. Strategies for making the laser technology available to the astronomical community.

I welcome your ideas and suggestions! This is a follow-up to our November 2006 Sodium Laser Guidestar Workshop and March 2007 Sodium Laser Guidestar Workshop, at which we heard about some of the latest cutting edge developments.

On the Interactive web pages on Sodium Laser Guidestar research web page you will find: … table of lasers on-sky and reported characteristics … table of ongoing laser development projects … list of past and upcoming meetings … people contact list … blog area for commentary. The web pages are editable by everyone, just like “Wikipedia” pages. (To start editing or make entries to the blog, you just need to register, which is quick and easy. But you can peruse the pages without registering.)

As advance of the workshop, please send me or upload copies of your presentations that you are willing to share with your fellow colleagues. These should be prepared for general release to the public, since they will be posted to the workshop page. You might notice that I made an attempt to find the latest available reports and publications and put links to them in the tables on the SodiumLaserGuidestars page.


    • Sean Adkins, Keck Observatory
    • Domenico Bonaccini, European Southern Observatory
    • Corinne Boyer, Thirty Meter Telescope Project
    • Jason Chin, Keck Observatory
    • Jay Dawson, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
    • Rich Dekany, Palomar Observatory
    • Craig Denman, Starfire Optical Range
    • Celine D'Orgeville, Gemini Observatory
    • Daren Dillon, Lick Observatory
    • Dan Eklund, NOAO
    • Brent Ellerbroek, Thirty Meter Telescope Project
    • Bob Fugate, New Mexico Tech and Starfire Optical Range
    • Don Gavel, Lick Observatory
    • Wolfgang Hackenberg, European Southern Observatory
    • Alan Hankla, Lockheed Martin Coherent Technology
    • Yutaka Hayano, Subaru Telescope
    • Paul Hillman, Starfire Optical Range
    • Joe Janni, AMOS
    • Ed Kibblewhite, University of Chicago and Palomar Observatory
    • Michael Lloyd-Hart, University of Arizona Steward Observatory
    • Ian McKinnie, Lockheed Martin Coherent Technology
    • Chris Neyman, Keck Observatory
    • Dee Pennington, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
    • Francois Rigaut, Gemini Observatory
    • Hideki Takami, Subaru Telescope
    • Alan Tracy, Lockheed Martin Coherent Technology
    • Viswa Velur, Palomar Observatory
    • Peter Wizinowich, Keck Observatory

and anyone else attending the CfAO Fall Retreat and is interested in lasers for astronomy AO.

Again, my thanks to those who are participating in these workshops and I encourage you all to join in the discussions and planning for future workshops.

-- Donald Gavel

Presentations at the Workshop

Please upload your talks.

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pdfpdf LaserWorkshopFall2007_Agenda.pdf manage 23.3 K 31 Oct 2007 - 18:55 DonaldGavel  
pptppt Laser_Requirements_for_ELTs.ppt manage 120.5 K 02 Nov 2007 - 06:05 BrentEllerbroek Laser Requirements for ELTs
pptppt Considerations_for_NGAO_Laser_Chin.ppt manage 2267.5 K 02 Nov 2007 - 23:29 DonaldGavel  
pdfpdf Effects_of_recoil_and_measurement3.pdf manage 1117.7 K 03 Nov 2007 - 03:24 PaulHillman How recoil effects return from single frequency lasers
elsepptx CfAO_talk_from_ESO_Nov2007.pptx manage 4198.1 K 03 Nov 2007 - 16:21 DomenicoBonacciniCalia This is the presentation on ESO/LGS activities
pdfpdf CFAO_Fall_Retreat_2007_Dawsons.pdf manage 987.7 K 03 Nov 2007 - 17:56 DonaldGavel  
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