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Beaconless adaptive-optics technique for HEL beam control
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Paper Abstract

Effective performance of forthcoming laser systems capable of power delivery on a distant target requires an adaptive optics system to correct atmospheric perturbations on the laser beam. The turbulence-induced effects are responsible for beam wobbling, wandering, and intensity scintillation, resulting in degradation of the beam quality and power density on the target. Adaptive optics methods are used to compensate for these negative effects. In its turn, operation of the AOS system requires a reference wave that can be generated by the beacon on the target. This report discusses a beaconless approach for wavefront correction with its performance based on the detection of the target-scattered light. Postprocessing of the beacon-generated light field enables retrieval and detailed characterization of the turbulence-perturbed wavefront –data that is essential to control the adaptive optics module of a high-power laser system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 May 2016
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 9833, Atmospheric Propagation XIII, 983304 (13 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2224292
Show Author Affiliations
Anatoliy Khizhnyak, Advanced Systems & Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Vladimir Markov, Advanced Systems & Technologies, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9833:
Atmospheric Propagation XIII
Linda M. Thomas; Earl J. Spillar, Editor(s)

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