Accession Number : ADD012685

Title :   Optically Phased Laser Transmitter.

Descriptive Note : Patent,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Fender,Janet S ; Cusumano,Salvatore J ; Butts,Robert R ; DeHainaut,Christopher R

Report Date : 27 Jan 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 17

Abstract : An apparatus and technique are described for phasing the outputs of a multiplier telescope array used as a laser transmitter. The technique uses samples of the transmitted beams to control optical path lengths through the separate telescopes so that the beams add coherently at the receiver. The phasing concept is applicable both to systems which provide inputs to the multiple telescopes by dividing a single laser beam and to systems in which the inputs to the telescopes and multiple, phase-locked laser beams. The approach is also compatible with single line and multi-line lasers, and it does not entail stringent alignment requirements. The concept uses a procedure to find the zero optical path difference condition and to effect fine control of the optical path lengths through the different telescopes. Algorithms are described for estimating the phase mismatch from focal plane measurements. (Patents)

Descriptors :   *PATENTS, *TELESCOPES, *LASER BEAMS, *TRANSMITTERS, *PHASE LOCKED SYSTEMS, ALGORITHMS, CONTROL, LENGTH, OPTICS, PATHS, FOCAL PLANES, MEASUREMENT, ALIGNMENT, REQUIREMENTS, LASERS

Subject Categories : Lasers and Masers
      Optics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE