PARSEC & the LGSF are in operation
The LGSF has been run successfully in both service and visitor modes and has
provided Strehl ratios in excess of 20% in the K-band.
Operation of the laser is totally transparent to the observer.
During the afternoon it is started up by a Laser Specialist.
Then when observing begins, the Telescope Instrument Operator takes over.
During the night the TIO uses a control panel to make sure that the laser
continues to run smoothly so that it is available whenever it is needed.
The Night Astronomer, who runs the camera and adaptive optics system,
coordinates with the TIO when the laser guide star is needed for observations.
And the observer can just sit back and acquire high resolution data.
Links to related projects
- the laser guide star adaptive optics project built
by MPE/MPIA for the 3.5-m telescope at Calar Alto, Spain
- the first VLT AO science camera, which will be used the
the NAOS adaptive optics system
- an integral field spectrometer for the VLT which will be used with
the MACAO adaptive optics system
© Infrared and Submillimeter Astronomy Group at MPE
03/08/2007, editor of this page: Ric Davies