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Laboratory atmospheric compensation experiment
Author(s): C. Drutman; James P. Moran; Francisco Faria-e-Maia; Howard Hyman; Jeffrey A. Russell
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes an in-house experiment that was performed at the Avco Research Labs/Textron to test a proprietary atmospheric phase compensation algorithm. Since the laser energies of interest were small enough that thermal blooming was not an issue, it was only necessary to simulate the effect of atmospheric turbulence. This was achieved by fabricating phase screens that mimicked Kolmogorov phase statistics. A simulated atmosphere was constructed from these phase screens and the phase at the simulated ground was measured with a digital heterodyne interferometer. The result of this effort was an initial verification of our proprietary algorithm two years before the field experiment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 June 1993
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1871, Intense Laser Beams and Applications, (6 June 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.145227
Show Author Affiliations
C. Drutman, Textron Defense Systems (United States)
James P. Moran, Textron Defense Systems (United States)
Francisco Faria-e-Maia, Textron Defense Systems (United States)
Howard Hyman, ThermoTrex Corp. (United States)
Jeffrey A. Russell, Candela Laser Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1871:
Intense Laser Beams and Applications
William E. McDermott, Editor(s)

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