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Development of an adaptive optics test-bed for relay mirror applications
Author(s): Justin D. Mansell; Arturo A. Jacobs; Morris Maynard
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Paper Abstract

The relay mirror concept involves deploying a passive optical station at a high altitude for relaying a beam from a laser weapon to a target. Relay mirrors have been proposed as a method of increasing the range of laser weapons that is less costly than deploying a larger number of laser weapons. Relay mirrors will only be effective if the beam spreading and beam quality degradation induced by atmospheric aberrations and thermal blooming can be mitigated. In this paper we present the first phase of a multi-year effort to develop a theoretical and experimental capability at Boeing-SVS to study these problems. A team from MZA and Boeing-SVS has developed a laboratory test-bed consisting of a distributed atmospheric path simulated by three liquid crystal phase screens, a Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor, and a MEMS membrane deformable mirror. We present results of AO component calibration and evaluation, the system construction, and the system performance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 August 2005
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 5894, Advanced Wavefront Control: Methods, Devices, and Applications III, 589401 (22 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.617388
Show Author Affiliations
Justin D. Mansell, MZA Associates Corp. (United States)
Arturo A. Jacobs, Boeing-SVS, Inc. (United States)
Morris Maynard, MZA Associates Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5894:
Advanced Wavefront Control: Methods, Devices, and Applications III
Mark T. Gruneisen; John D. Gonglewski; Michael K. Giles, Editor(s)

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