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Durham University

Department of Physics

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Publication details for Dr Richard Wilson

Osborn, J., Wilson, R.W., Butterley, T., Shepherd, H. & Sarazin, M. (2010). Profiling the surface layer of optical turbulence with SLODAR. Monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 406(2): 1405-1408.

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A prototype of a new SLope Detection And Ranging (SLODAR) instrument for atmospheric optical turbulence profiling has been developed by the Centre for Advanced Instrumentation at Durham University. The instrument targets double stars with wide separations of several arcminutes, to achieve profiling of the surface layer of optical turbulence with very high resolution in altitude (10 m or less). We describe the instrument and the results of preliminary observations at the ESO Cerro Paranal observatory.