Target-in-the-loop Wavefront Sensing and Control with Collett-Wolf Beacon
ARMY RESEARCH LAB ADELPHI MD COMPUTATIONAL AND INFORMATION SCIENCES DIRECTORATE
Pagination or Media Count:
It is well known that atmospheric turbulence can severely degrade performance of various optical systems including the laser beam projection systems discussed here. These systems are designed to create and maintain a laser spot of the smallest possible size on a remotely located object in the atmosphere. Compensation mitigation of turbulence effects in the laser beam projection systems is typically performed using adaptive optics AO wavefront correctors. In several applications the outgoing beam scattering off an extended object rough surface results in strong speckle modulation of the return wave. This speckle modulation is the major problem for the existing AO wavefront control techniques. In this paper we consider a new approach for speckle-effect mitigation in adaptive laser beam projection systems by creating an incoherent beacon Collett-Wolf beacon using either the projected beam itself or a single auxiliary laser illuminator beam. Using numerical simulations and bench-top experiment we show that using the Collett-Wolf beacon it is possible to mitigate speckle effects and achieve a high degree of turbulence compensation and increase of the laser beam brightness.
- Lasers and Masers
- Electrooptical and Optoelectronic Devices
- Radiofrequency Wave Propagation