Modeling of pulsed-laser guide stars for the Thirty Meter Telescope project

@article{Rochester2012ModelingOP,
  title={Modeling of pulsed-laser guide stars for the Thirty Meter Telescope project},
  author={Simon Rochester and Angel Otarola and Corinne Boyer and Dmitry Budker and Brent Ellerbroek and Ronald Holzlohner and L. Wang},
  journal={Journal of The Optical Society of America B-optical Physics},
  year={2012},
  volume={29},
  pages={2176-2188}
}
The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) has been designed to include an adaptive optics system and associated laser guide star (LGS) facility to correct for the image distortion due to Earth’s atmospheric turbulence and achieve diffraction-limited imaging. We have calculated the response of mesospheric sodium atoms to a pulsed laser that has been proposed for use in the LGS facility, including modeling of the atomic physics, the light–atom interactions, and the effect of the geomagnetic field and… 
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