Date of Award
Master of Science
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Jason D. Schmidt, PhD.
This research models a sodium laser guide star and its measurement by a Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor. By predicting the extent of beacon elongation and Coude rotation, reference images are produced for each subaperture throughout an engagement scenario. These reference sources are then used to continuously recalibrate the system as it changes orientation. This model measures the effect of perspective elongation and Coude on SHWFS measurements to quantitatively determine the extent of degradation that occurs.
DTIC Accession Number
McGuigan, Russell J., "Effect of Coudé Pupil Rotation on Sodium Laser Beacon Perspective Elongation" (2011). Theses and Dissertations. 1414.