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System concept and some characteristics of the coupled-cavity laser system for active target tracking
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Paper Abstract

We performed architecture and design analyses of coupled-cavity laser systems to arrive at a concept for tracking distant objects. We also conducted an experimental study of such a system using a pulsed ruby laser as a prototype for the laboratory tests. Both laser cavities were coupled through the dynamic holographic grating. Special attention was paid to characterization of the coupled-cavity laser system and its operation. In particular, we studied the formation of holographic grating that serves to couple the cavity; the slope efficiency of the master and slave arms and their dependence upon cavity parameters. The resulted experimental data and analyses verified the tracking principle and proved the feasibility of the proposed phase-conjugate double cavity laser system for tracking moving object at distance with high accuracy.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 November 2002
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4825, High-Resolution Wavefront Control: Methods, Devices, and Applications IV, (6 November 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.451961
Show Author Affiliations
Vladimir B. Markov, MetroLaser, Inc. (United States)
Anatoliy I. Khizhnyak, MetroLaser, Inc. (United States)
E. Scott, MetroLaser, Inc. (United States)
Boris Ya. Zel'dovich, CREOL/Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Ty Martinez, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Shiang Liu, The Aerospace Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4825:
High-Resolution Wavefront Control: Methods, Devices, and Applications IV
John D. Gonglewski; Mikhail A. Vorontsov; Mark T. Gruneisen; Sergio R. Restaino; Robert K. Tyson, Editor(s)

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