17 May 2013 A nonlinear OPC technique for laser beam control in turbulent atmosphere
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A viable beam control technique is critical for effective laser beam transmission through turbulent atmosphere. Most of the established approaches require information on the impact of perturbations on wavefront propagated waves. Such information can be acquired by measuring the characteristics of the target-scattered light arriving from a small, preferably diffraction-limited, beacon. This paper discusses an innovative beam control approach that can support formation of a tight laser beacon in deep turbulence conditions. The technique employs Brillouin enhanced fourwave mixing (BEFWM) to generate a localized beacon spot on a remote image-resolved target. Formation of the tight beacon doesn’t require a wavefront sensor, AO system, or predictive feedback algorithm. Unlike conventional adaptive optics methods which allow wavefront conjugation, the proposed total field conjugation technique is critical for beam control in the presence of strong turbulence and can be achieved by using this non-linear BEFWM technique. The phase information retrieved from the established beacon beam can then be used in conjunction with an AO system to propagate laser beams in deep turbulence.
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V. Markov, V. Markov, A. Khizhnyak, A. Khizhnyak, P. Sprangle, P. Sprangle, A. Ting, A. Ting, L. DeSandre, L. DeSandre, B. Hafizi, B. Hafizi, } "A nonlinear OPC technique for laser beam control in turbulent atmosphere", Proc. SPIE 8732, Atmospheric Propagation X, 87320D (17 May 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2016255; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2016255
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