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9 October 2000 Real-time control system for adaptive resonator
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Sustained operation of high average power solid-state lasers currently requires an adaptive resonator to produce the optimal beam quality. We describe the architecture of a real-time adaptive control system for correcting intra-cavity aberrations in a heat capacity laser. Image data collected from a wavefront sensor are processed and used to control phase with a high-spatial-resolution deformable mirror. Our controller takes advantage of recent developments in low-cost, high-performance processor technology. A desktop-based computational engine and object- oriented software architecture replaces the high-cost rack-mount embedded computers of previous systems.
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Laurence M. Flath, Jong R. An, James M. Brase, Randall L. Hurd, Michael W. Kartz, Robert M. Sawvel, and Dennis A. Silva "Real-time control system for adaptive resonator", Proc. SPIE 4118, Parallel and Distributed Methods for Image Processing IV, (9 October 2000);

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