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Use Of The Superheterodyne Wavefront Analyzer For Ground-To-Space Power Transfer
Author(s): N. A. Massie
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Paper Abstract

Transfer of optical power from ground-to-space at short wavelengths requires an adaptive wavefront corrector and a sensitive wavefront analyzer. In the several applications envisioned, coherent radiation from a laser beacon or retroreflector and ground based illuminator will be available for wavefront sensing. The superheterodyne wavefront analyzer can therefore be employed for performance approaching the quantum limit. The basics of the superheterodyne approach are discussed and its performance as a wavefront analyzer reviewed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 1983
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 0351, Wavefront Sensing, (1 August 1983); doi: 10.1117/12.933925
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N. A. Massie, Western Research (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0351:
Wavefront Sensing
Noah Bareket; Chris L. Koliopoulos, Editor(s)

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