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 beacons distributed along the path provides the best beam compensation.
© 2008 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: October 15, 2007
Revised Manuscript: February 21, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: February 22, 2008
Published: April 28, 2008
Aleksandr V. Sergeyev, Piotr Piatrou, and Michael C. Roggemann, "Bootstrap beacon creation for overcoming the effects of beacon anisoplanatism in a laser beam projection system," Appl. Opt. 47, 2399-2413 (2008)