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Adaptive compensation of atmospheric effects with a high-resolution micromachined deformable mirror
Author(s): Thomas Weyrauch; Mikhail A. Vorontsov; John W. Gowens
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Paper Abstract

We present experimental results for the adaptive compensation of atmospheric turbulence effects on a free-space laser communication links at near horizontal propagation paths over 2.5 km and 5 km lengths. A high-resolution micro-machined piston type mirror array (12x12 elements) and a fast beam steering mirror were used in an adaptive optics laser communication system based on the model-free stochastic parallel gradient descent (SPGD) optimization wavefront control technique. Control of the mirror was performed by a VLSI SPGD micro-controller. The experimental results demonstrate the improvement of the receiver performance (fiber coupling efficiency) on a summer day with a refractive index structure constant in the order of Cn2≈10-14 m-2/3.

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: 10.1117/12.451972
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Thomas Weyrauch, Army Research Lab. (United States)
Mikhail A. Vorontsov, Army Research Lab. (United States)
John W. Gowens, Army Research Lab. (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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