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Effects of a realistic adaptive optics system on the atmospheric propagation of a high-energy laser beam
Author(s): Ramji V. Digumarthi; Naresh C. Mehta; Ross M. Blankinship
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Paper Abstract

An adaptive optics (AO) correction system is generally required to compensate for beam degradations caused by interactions between a high energy laser (HEL) beam and the atmosphere. The GRAND propagation code includes a model of a realistic AO system representing many features of a state-of-the-art beam control system. This AO system includes models of a wavefront sensor, a tilt mirror, a focus (secondary) mirror, and a woofer-tweeter deformable mirror arrangement. This paper reports the results of a study to assess the impact of the realistic AO system on the correctability of HEL-atmosphere interactions. The GRAND code results compare the performance of the low-pass filter model and the realistic AO system model in the presence of turbulence and moderate-to-severe thermal blooming. In addition, the effects of low frequency Kolmogorov turbulence were studied in terms of its impact on the AO system requirements.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 1990
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1221, Propagation of High-Energy Laser Beams Through the Earth's Atmosphere, (1 May 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.18339
Show Author Affiliations
Ramji V. Digumarthi, Lockheed Palo Alto Research Lab. (United States)
Naresh C. Mehta, Lockheed Palo Alto Research Lab. (United States)
Ross M. Blankinship, Lockheed Missiles & Space Co., Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1221:
Propagation of High-Energy Laser Beams Through the Earth's Atmosphere
Peter B. Ulrich; LeRoy E. Wilson, Editor(s)

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