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  • Vol. 19, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 2002
  • pp: 1779–1793

Optimal control of laser beams for propagation through a turbulent medium

Jeffrey D. Barchers and David L. Fried  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 19, Issue 9, pp. 1779-1793 (2002)

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Concerning the problem of transmitting a laser beam from one telescope to another telescope through a turbulent medium, it is established that using an adaptive optical system on both telescopes to precompensate an outgoing laser beam based on the aberrations measured on the received laser beam leads to an iteration that maximizes the transmission (neglecting attenuation losses) of laser power between the telescopes. Simulation results are presented demonstrating the effectiveness of this technique when the telescopes are equipped with either phase-only or full-wave compensation systems. Simulation results are shown that indicate that for a uniform distribution of the strength of turbulence, 95% transmission of laser power is attained when both telescopes can achieve full-wave compensation provided that the aperture diameter D of the two telescopes is greater than twice the Fresnel length λL, where λ is the wavelength of propagation and L is the distance between the two telescopes.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1080) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Active or adaptive optics
(010.1300) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric propagation
(010.1330) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric turbulence

Original Manuscript: October 10, 2001
Revised Manuscript: March 28, 2002
Manuscript Accepted: April 9, 2002
Published: September 1, 2002

Jeffrey D. Barchers and David L. Fried, "Optimal control of laser beams for propagation through a turbulent medium," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 19, 1779-1793 (2002)

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