Uplink wavefront corrector system: From paper to reality

N. Martínez Rey*, L. F.Rodríguez Ramos, Z. Sodnik

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The Uplink Wavefront Corrector System (UWCS) is a pathfinder instrument to demonstrate the uplink correction by Adaptive Optics techniques; this novel application can be directly usable in two fields: Free-Space Optical Communications and the generation of Laser Guide Stars. A Rayleigh LGS is propagated to the sky while the atmospheric wavefront aberrations are measured by a Shack-Hartmann WFS with 12 x 12 sub-apertures using a Natural Guide Star as a reference. The laser upwards propagation path is then pre-compensated by a 97-actuator deformable mirror. A scoring camera is attached to the finder telescope, next to the main aperture, in order to show the overall result, which is assessed in terms of beam power concentration. Present paper described the design process of the UWCS and its integration and testing in the Optical Ground Station telescope, at Teide Observatory (Spain).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5886-5897
Number of pages12
JournalOptics Express
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2 Mar 2020
Externally publishedYes


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