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Journal of the Optical Society of America A


  • Editor: Stephen A. Burns
  • Vol. 25, Iss. 8 — Aug. 1, 2008
  • pp: 1949–1959

Laser beam projection with adaptive array of fiber collimators. I. Basic considerations for analysis

Mikhail A. Vorontsov and Svetlana L. Lachinova  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 25, Issue 8, pp. 1949-1959 (2008)

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We present a mathematical model and provide an analysis of optical beam director systems composed of adaptive arrays of fiber collimators (subapertures), referred to here as conformal optical systems. Performances of the following two system architectures are compared: A conformal-beam director with mutually incoherent output laser beams transmitted through fiber collimators (beamlets), and a corresponding coherent system whose beamlets can be coherently combined (phase locked) at a remote target plane. The effect of the major characteristics of the conformal systems on the efficiency of laser beam projection is evaluated both analytically and through numerical simulations. The characteristics considered here are the number of fiber collimators and the subaperture and conformal aperture fill factors, as well as the accuracy of beamlet pointing.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1080) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Active or adaptive optics
(010.1290) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric optics
(140.3290) Lasers and laser optics : Laser arrays
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.3298) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam combining

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Original Manuscript: February 27, 2008
Revised Manuscript: June 2, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: June 3, 2008
Published: July 10, 2008

Mikhail A. Vorontsov and Svetlana L. Lachinova, "Laser beam projection with adaptive array of fiber collimators. I. Basic considerations for analysis," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 25, 1949-1959 (2008)

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