Title:Technical and scientific prospects of the GLAS laser
beacon on the WHT
Abstract:The Rayleigh laser beacon project on the 4.2-m
William Herschel Telescope, GLAS, will open nearly all of the visible
sky to adaptive optics exploitation. Together with the existing adaptive
optics system and the available science instruments, the advent of the
laser will facilitate many more science targets to become accessible.
This will allow large surveys of many targets at high spatial resolution
to be carried out, rather than the snap shot observations with natural
guide star AO systems. This presentation will introduce the technical
challenges and scientific opportunities offered by the GLAS project.