Laser Beam Projection with Adaptive Array of Fiber Collimators. I. Basic Considerations for Analysis
Journal of the Optical Society of America A
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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Place of Publication
Vorontsov, Mikhail and Lachinova, Svetlana, "Laser Beam Projection with Adaptive Array of Fiber Collimators. I. Basic Considerations for Analysis" (2008). Electro-Optics and Photonics Faculty Publications. 83.