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Bootstrap beacon creation for overcoming the effects of beacon anisoplanatism in a laser beam projection system

Sergeyev, Aleksandr V.; Piatrou, Piotr; Roggemann, Michael C.


We address the problem of using adaptive optics to deliver power from an airborne laser platform to a ground target through atmospheric turbulence under conditions of strong scintillation and anisoplanatism. We explore three options for creating a beacon for use in adaptive optics beam control: scattering laser energy from the target, using a single uncompensated Rayleigh beacon, and using a series of compensated Rayleigh beacons. We demonstrate that using a series of compensated Rayleigh...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008-04-28
Type: Journal article
Source: Applied Optics
DOI: 10.1364/AO.47.002399


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