Atmospheric compensation with a speckle beacon in strong scintillation conditions: directed energy and laser communication applications
ABSTRACT Wavefront control experiments in strong scintillation conditions (scintillation index, approximately equal to 1) over a 2.33 km, near-horizontal, atmospheric propagation path are presented. The adaptive-optics system used comprises a tracking and a fast-beam-steering mirror as well as a 132-actuator, microelectromechanical-system, piston-type deformable mirror with a VLSI controller that implements stochastic parallel gradient descent control optimization of a system performance metric. The experiments demonstrate mitigation of atmospheric distortions with a speckle beacon typical for directed energy and free-space laser communication applications.
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SPIE Optical Engineering+ Applications; 01/2014
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ABSTRACT: As we know that the conventional adaptive optics (AO) systems can compensate atmospheric turbulence in free space optical (FSO) communication system. Since in strong scintillation conditions, wave-front measurements based on phase-conjugation principle are undesired. A novel global optimization simulated annealing (SA) algorithm is proposed in this paper to compensate wave-front aberration. With global optimization characteristics, SA algorithm is better than stochastic parallel gradient descent (SPGD) and other algorithms that already exist. Related simulations are conducted and the results show that the SA algorithm can significantly improve performance in FSO communication system and is better than SPGD algorithm with the increase of coupling efficiency.Optics Communications 03/2015; 338. DOI:10.1016/j.optcom.2014.10.028 · 1.54 Impact Factor