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Optical Engineering

Beam control for high-energy laser devices
Author(s): Paul H. Merritt; John R. Albertine
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Paper Abstract

Beam-control systems for high-average-power lasers began in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Early systems propagated the beams across laboratories using heavy-water-cooled copper optics and open-beam trains with commercial fans to provide fresh air. They have evolved in the intervening 40-plus years to include highly sophisticated gimbaled-control systems with extremely high-reflectance uncooled optics and adaptive optics to compensate for less-than-ideal laser beams and for atmospheric distortions. An overview of that evolution is presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 October 2012
PDF: 9 pages
Opt. Eng. 52(2) 021005 doi: 10.1117/1.OE.52.2.021005
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 52, Issue 2
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Paul H. Merritt, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
John R. Albertine


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