We have made the first experimental observations to our knowledge of thermal-blooming phase-compensation instability. We identified the instability by impressing a spatial intensity modulation on the laser beam and watching this modulation grow as thermal-blooming compensation was performed with a 69-channel phase-conjugate adaptive-optics system.
© 1989 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: November 9, 1988
Manuscript Accepted: April 6, 1989
Published: June 15, 1989
Bernadette Johnson and Charles A. Primmerman, "Experimental observation of thermal-blooming phase-compensation instability," Opt. Lett. 14, 639-641 (1989)