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Adaptive Optics--Problems And Prospects
Author(s): John W. Hardy
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Paper Abstract

This paper briefly reviews the application and limitations of adaptive optics using discrete components to the problems encountered in high-power laser beam conditioning. These problems include static surface figure errors, randomly varying wavefront aberrations due to thermal distortion of the optics, and inhomogeneties within the laser cavity, as well as precise pointing of the beam in the presence of vibration. The capabilities of current devices such as deformable mirrors and wavefront sensors are reviewed. The prospects for removing some of these limitations are considered.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 December 1981
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0293, Wavefront Distortions in Power Optics, (30 December 1981); doi: 10.1117/12.932342
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John W. Hardy, Itek Optical Systems (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0293:
Wavefront Distortions in Power Optics
Claude A. Klein, Editor(s)

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