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Application of genetic algorithms for design optimization of a Bragg cell
Author(s): Vladimir V. Nikulin; Victor A. Skormin
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Paper Abstract

Non-mechanical beam steering technologies, utilizing acousto-optics, allow for achieving the high bandwidth laser beam positioning required for optical communications, laser scanners, LADARs, etc. Properties of the Bragg cell, chiefly responsible for the efficiency and attainable characteristics of the entire positioning system, are assured by successful design of this optical component. However, design of Bragg cells is dominated by experience and intuition of the designers and the potential of this technology is not fully utilized. An optimal design problem of a Bragg cell is formulated on the basis of known equations of the underlying physical phenomena, and a genetic optimization scheme is applied for the solution of the resultant formidable problem. The approach not only yields a design solution, but also allows for the variation of the design criterion and emphasizing particular properties of the resultant component. The prowess of the proposed approach has been demonstrated by design optimization examples.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 November 2001
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4444, Optomechanical Design and Engineering 2001, (5 November 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.447313
Show Author Affiliations
Vladimir V. Nikulin, SUNY/Binghamton (United States)
Victor A. Skormin, SUNY/Binghamton (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4444:
Optomechanical Design and Engineering 2001
Alson E. Hatheway, Editor(s)

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