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Integration of Adaptive Optics into High Energy Laser Modeling and Simulation

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Naval Postgraduate School Monterey United States

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We investigate the corrective effect of adaptive optics AO on High Energy Laser HEL beam propagation through atmospheric turbulence. The effect of adaptive optics systems was first integrated into a laser propagation scaling code, ANCHOR, that was developed within the Direct Energy DE research group at the Naval Postgraduate School NPS. Using a host of plausible input parameters, we then compare the estimated target irradiance increase accomplished by various adaptive optics systems. In various cases, adaptive optics is shown to substantially increase the effective range of HELs.

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Technical Report,01 Dec 2016,01 Jun 2017



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