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Automatic control of laser beams aberrations in air using an adaptive optics system prototype based on interferometric techniques
Author(s): Salvatore Grasso; Fausto Acernese; Rocco Romano; Fabrizio Barone
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Paper Abstract

In this paper we present a prototype of an Adaptive Optics system for the control of geometrical fluctuations in a laser beam in air based on the interferometric detection of the beam phase front. We show that this technique is of particular interest when high sensitivity and high band-pass are required for correction of small perturbations. The main technique adopted for the control is based on the interferometric detection of phase-front fluctuations: the beam is made to interfere with a reference beam, properly obtained, and the phase difference is read by means of a pixellated photodiode. The signals are then sampled by a fast automatic control system, which computes also the correction signals, and sent to the deformable mirror. In the paper we show and discuss some experimental results of the technique, discussing the most important limits and estimating the possibility of future developments and improvements.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 April 2008
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6932, Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2008, 69323T (22 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.772204
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Salvatore Grasso, Univ. degli Studi di Roma Tre (Italy)
Fausto Acernese, Univ. degli Studi di Salerno (Italy)
INFN Sezione di Napoli (Italy)
Rocco Romano, Univ. degli Studi di Salerno (Italy)
INFN Sezione di Napoli (Italy)
Fabrizio Barone, Univ. degli Studi di Salerno (Italy)
INFN Sezione di Napoli (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6932:
Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2008
Masayoshi Tomizuka, Editor(s)

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