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Atmospheric turbulence simulation using liquid crystal spatial light modulators
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Paper Abstract

Laser systems are finding a home in many military applications - such as Space Situational Awareness, imaging and weapons systems. With an increasing focus on programs that entail atmospheric propagations, there is a need for a cost effective method of performing laboratory proof-of-concept demonstrations. The use of one SLM (single phase screen) to model atmospheric effects has been investigated previously with promising results. However, some effects cannot be captured with a single SLM. This paper focuses on the addition of a second SLM and quantifying the results. Multiple screens will allow the user to independently control the Fried parameter, the isoplanatic angle, and Rytov Variance. The research is comprised of simulation and experiment. The simulation demonstrates the ability to accurately model atmospheric effects with two phase screens. Based on the simulation, a hardware implementation was tested in the lab. The results of this research show promise, however some issues remain. This thesis describes the experimental set-up and results based on measurement of phase and intensity of the propagated field. It was noted that while analytic results are replicated in simulation, similar results in the lab were difficult to achieve.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 August 2005
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5894, Advanced Wavefront Control: Methods, Devices, and Applications III, 589406 (22 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.620407
Show Author Affiliations
James D. Phillips, Air Force Institute of Technology (United States)
Matthew E. Goda, Air Force Institute of Technology (United States)
Jason Schmidt, Air Force Institute of Technology (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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