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Adaptive beam control based on return statistics: laboratory real-time simulation
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Paper Abstract

Laser pointing systems suffer from random errors and biases causing off-axis pointing and loss of signal at the target. Often sensors are not available at the target location to provide pointing related information. The present paper outlines a novel technique to adaptively control the beam pointing real-time based on boresight estimates obtained using the statistics of the reflected signal from the target, thus eliminating the need of beam position sensors at the target. A field realization of this technique is discussed. Also a laboratory arrangement that works successfully on this approach is demonstrated.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 August 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5895, Target-in-the-Loop: Atmospheric Tracking, Imaging, and Compensation II, 58950M (23 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.618842
Show Author Affiliations
Santasri Basu, New Mexico State Univ. (United States)
David Voelz, New Mexico State Univ. (United States)
Susan Chandler, Nukove Scientific Consulting (United States)
Gordon Lukesh, Nukove Scientific Consulting (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5895:
Target-in-the-Loop: Atmospheric Tracking, Imaging, and Compensation II
Michael T. Valley; Mikhail A. Vorontsov, Editor(s)

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