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Adaptive optics compensation using active illumination
Author(s): Charles Higgs; Herbert T. Barclay; Jan E. Kansky; Daniel V. Murphy; Charles A. Primmerman
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Paper Abstract

We have conducted atmospheric compensation experiments using active illumination for both adaptive-optics and tracking. Tests were performed in support of the Air Force's Airborne Laser program. The tests utilized the 5.4-km horizontal propagation range at the Lincoln Laboratory Firepond facility. The adaptive-optics beacon was provided by actively illuminating the target with a multibeam laser illuminator. A second multibeam laser illuminator was used to provide a beacon for an imaging tracker. Experiments were conducted using two different adaptive-optics illuminator configurations, as well as with point-source beacons. Data were collected over a range of atmospheric conditions. Results from these tests have helped to provide a performance benchmark for the Airborne Laser program.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 September 1998
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3381, Airborne Laser Advanced Technology, (8 September 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.323954
Show Author Affiliations
Charles Higgs, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Herbert T. Barclay, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Jan E. Kansky, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Daniel V. Murphy, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Charles A. Primmerman, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3381:
Airborne Laser Advanced Technology
Todd D. Steiner; Paul H. Merritt, Editor(s)

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