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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Vol. 9, Iss. 10 — Oct. 1, 1992
  • pp: 1794–1799

Instability in saturated full-field compensation for thermal blooming

Jonathan F. Schonfeld  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 9, Issue 10, pp. 1794-1799 (1992)

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I show analytically that compensation for thermal blooming by full-field conjugation with perfect phase reproduction but with a saturable laser amplifier exhibits instability, which leads to strong scintillation on small spatial scales. I support this analysis with output from molly, a computer simulation of adaptively compensated high-energy laser-beam propagation. In the simulation, compensation for thermal blooming is effective in spite of manifest instability. I derive lower bounds on compensation performance that highlight aspects of the simulation that are responsible for good performance.

© 1992 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: August 5, 1991
Published: October 1, 1992

Jonathan F. Schonfeld, "Instability in saturated full-field compensation for thermal blooming," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 9, 1794-1799 (1992)

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