Accession Number : ADD008761

Title :   Autopointing Laser System.

Descriptive Note : Patent,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Evtuhov,Viktor

Report Date : 14 Jul 1981

Pagination or Media Count : 8

Abstract : This patent concerns an autopointing laser system utilized in the tracking and/or detection of objects having a stationary flat reflector, a pair of parabolic reflectors, and a telescope reflector, all in optical alignment with each other. When the telescope reflector is also in optical alignment with the object to be tracked and/or detected these elements combine to act as the optical resonator of the laser system. As a result of the above arrangement, the lasing medium located between the pair of parabolic reflectors will continue to oscillate as long as the object remains the field of view of the telescope reflector thereby providing an automatic tracking operation.

Descriptors :   *Patents, *Optical tracking, *Beam steering, *Lasers, Telescopes, Alignment, Automatic tracking, Glint, Oscillation

Subject Categories : Optical Detection and Detectors

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE