30 August 2006 Intensity redistribution for multiconjugate adaptive optics
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Multi-Conjugate Adaptive-Optical (MCAO) systems have been proposed as a means of compensating both intensity and phase aberrations in a beam propagating through strong-scintillation environments. Progress made on implementing a MCAO system at the Starfire Optical Range (SOR), Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, is discussed. As a preliminary step toward controlling a two deformable mirror (DM) system, the First-stage Intensity Redistribution Experiment (FIRE) examines one aspect of an MCAO system-control and compensation of wavefront intensity. Two wavefront sensors (WFS) and a single DM are employed for this experiment. One WFS is placed conjugate to the DM while the second WFS is located at a distance which produces a desired Fresnel number for the propagation between the WFSs. The WFS measurements are input to a Gerchberg-Saxton based control algorithm in order to determine the DM commands. The phase pattern introduced by the DM is chosen so propagation along the path between the two WFSs produces a desired intensity profile at the second WFS. The second WFS is also used to determine the accuracy of the intensity redistribution and measure its effects on the wavefront phase. In the next phase of MCAO development, a second DM will be added conjugate to the second WFS in order to correct the remaining phase aberrations. This paper presents the setup and operation for FIRE along with initial laboratory results.
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Troy A. Rhoadarmer, Charles C. Beckner, Laura M. Klein, "Intensity redistribution for multiconjugate adaptive optics", Proc. SPIE 6306, Advanced Wavefront Control: Methods, Devices, and Applications IV, 630608 (30 August 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.682478; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.682478

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