14 February 2007 Tracking system by phase conjugation for laser energy transmission
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Abstract
We propose a new concept for a retro-directive tracking system applicable for communication and power transmission. In the proposed concept, the power transmitter utilizes a beacon emitted from the receiver to obtain information about its direction by conjugating its phase inside a nonlinear medium. Power is therefore transmitted back to the receiver by the phase conjugated beam. The power can be amplified by an array of phase conjugators which provides a large aperture so that the intensity can be increased on the receiver's photovoltaic panels compared to a single element. A system design provides the basic understanding of this setup and basic experiments are conducted with two Co-doped SrxBa1-xNb2O6 (Co:SBN) crystals. We confirm the occurrence of interference of two beams that are generated by four wave mixing from a divergent signal beam. In areas of constructive interference, we could observe a higher intensity than the single non-interfering beams provides.
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Christian A. Schäfer, Christian A. Schäfer, Osamu Matoba, Osamu Matoba, Nobuyuki Kaya, Nobuyuki Kaya, } "Tracking system by phase conjugation for laser energy transmission", Proc. SPIE 6454, High Energy/Average Power Lasers and Intense Beam Applications, 64540A (14 February 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.700145; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.700145
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