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New technologies and architectures for laser systems: revolutionary beam control (Keynote Address)

Paper Abstract

This paper discusses revolutionary laser system architecture capable of dramatically reducing the complexity of laser systems while increasing capability. The architecture includes 3 major subsystems. The first is a phased array of laser sources. The second provides wavefront control and electronic beam steering. The third is sub-aperture receiver technology. Combining these three technologies into a new laser systems architecture results in a system that has graceful degradation, can steer to as wide an angle as individual optical phased array sub-apertures can steer, and can be scaled to high power and large apertures through phasing of a number of sub-apertures.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 September 2004
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 5413, Laser Systems Technology II, (8 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.548746
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Paul F. McManamon, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
William E. Thompson, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5413:
Laser Systems Technology II
William E. Thompson; Richard L. Brunson, Editor(s)

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