ESO and Toptica Sign Contract for ELT Laser Sources
Toptica signed an updated contract with the European Southern Observatory (ESO) for the production of four more lasers to be used in the adaptive optics system of the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT).
The contract is an extension of a development and deployment contract for ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) and will be executed by Toptica Projects GmbH, a recently started Toptica spin-off. These unique guide star laser systems have been extensively tested at one of the major ESO telescopes in Paranal, Chile for more than two years. They will be a key component of the new ELT telescope and will help to achieve an unprecedented spatial resolution for optical/infrared ground-based telescopes. The ELT is expected to see first light in 2024.