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Active tracking lasers for precision target stabilization
Author(s): Jim F. Riker
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Paper Abstract

Lasers have historically been considered in the context of weapons, but recent progress has also permitted us to consider using lasers for more subtle applications such as designation, tracking, and discrimination. In this paper, we will review the state of the art of active tracking, including effects such as laser beam quality, diffraction, atmospheric turbulence, and other aspects of laser interactions with its propagation environment. We will present the theory for using lasers in these lower power applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 August 2003
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5087, Laser Systems Technology, (21 August 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.488673
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Jim F. Riker, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5087:
Laser Systems Technology
William E. Thompson; Paul H. Merritt, Editor(s)

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