ARGOS (Advanced Rayleigh guided Ground layer adaptive Optics System)

ARGOS is an innovative multi-star adaptive optics system being built for use with LUCI on the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT).


The ARGOS laser system will use a high-altitude sodium laser guide star and will also create 3 laser-generated green guide stars 6 miles above each of the 2 primary mirrors. This combined ("hybrid") laser system will be able to detect both high and low atmospheric turbulence above both primary mirrors, covering a much wider area of the sky than would be the case with a single laser guide star. The first ARGOS platforms were installed on the telescope in September, 2010.


ARGOS Laser System: The parts of ARGOS are colored in this picture


Advanced Rayleigh guided Ground layer adaptive Optics System Double-deck platform installed for ARGOS laser equipment.

Click here to read: ARGOS : A Laser Star Constellation For The LBT by S. Kanneganti, S. Rabien, M. Deysenroth, et al.

Click here to read: ARGOS - The Laser Guide Star System for the LBT by S. Rabien, N. Ageorges, L. Barl, et al.

Click here to read: First light AO (FLAO) System for LBT: Final Integration, Acceptance Test in Europe and Preliminary On-sky Commissioning Results by S. Esposito, A. Riccardi, L. Fini, et al.