NEWS 20 December 2022

Next level in laser guide star creation

To meet the ever-increasing demands for large telescopes, a so-called laser guide star can be used for adaptive optics correction.


These artificial reference stars are created by a Laser Projection System (LPS), which has a Beam Conditioning and Diagnostics System (BCDS) as one of its critical subsystems. Building on its works for the Very Large Telescope, TNO recently won the tender for the Extremely Large Telescope’s LPS. Demcon focal was challenged to design the BCDS, as described in this Mikroniek article. It combines easy maintainability with strict optical requirements concerning laser beam quality and pointing stability, taking into account large thermal and mechanical load variations. (Image courtesy of Demcon focal)


References

Techcafé about Predictive maintenance

February 9 at Mikrocentrum. This event is organized in Dutch

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Call for abstracts DSPE Conference…

The organizing committee invites you to submit a short abstract for a 20 minutes presentation and publication in the conference proceedings. Note that due to the limited number of presentations, it may be necessary to change the status from paper…

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Optomechatronics Symposium 2023 March 30

This symposium is intended for engineers and architects participating in or interested in the design and building of optical hardware. It is a great moment to network, to meet technical peers, and to visit the expo.

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