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Laser Wavefront Compensation System
Author(s): John W. Hardy
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Paper Abstract

The laser wavefront compensation system (LWCS) is a closed-loop adaptive optics sytem whose purpose is to clean up optical aberrations in low power visible laser beams. The LWCS employs no moving parts and operates with either continuous-wave (CW) or pulsed inputs. In the pulsed mode, it will operate asynchronously over a wide range of pulse rates. The electronic data processing is entirely digital, including the wavefront reconstruction function. The deformable mirror employs a square array of 64 actuators, with a wavefront correction capability of ±600 nanometers. This paper describes the operating principles and hardware of the LWCS, together with data on the performance of the system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 April 1988
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0739, Phase Conjugation, Beam Combining, and Diagnostics, (22 April 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.939712
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John W. Hardy, Itek Optical System (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0739:
Phase Conjugation, Beam Combining, and Diagnostics
Ira Abramowitz; Robert A. Fisher, Editor(s)

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