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Characterizing high-altitude horizontal path optical propagation
Author(s): Darrell E. Spreen; Charles Barry Hogge
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Paper Abstract

The high-energy airborne laser system must be able to effectively propagate a short- wavelength (near IR) laser beam over long path lengths at high altitude to be effective in the Theater Missile Defense mission. High-altitude atmospheric turbulence along these very long paths can have a potentially serious degrading effect on laser propagation. Adaptive optical systems design to compensate for the atmospherically induced aberrations are predicted to provide effective compensation to meet mission requirements. A program has been designed to characterize the relevant optical properties of the upper atmosphere and to conduct key experiments to confirm the feasibility of phase-only adaptive optics for this application

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 June 1994
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2120, Laser Beam Propagation and Control, (8 June 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.177681
Show Author Affiliations
Darrell E. Spreen, Air Force Phillips Lab. (United States)
Charles Barry Hogge, Air Force Phillips Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2120:
Laser Beam Propagation and Control
Hugo Weichel; Lewis F. DeSandre, Editor(s)

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