A detailed experimental study has been conducted on adaptive optical control methodologies inside a laser resonator. A comparison is presented of several optimization techniques using a multidither zonal coherent optical adaptive technique system within a laser resonator for the correction of astigmatism. A dramatic performance difference is observed when optimizing on beam quality compared with optimizing on power-in-the-bucket. Experimental data are also presented on proper selection criteria for dither frequencies when controlling phase front errors. The effects of hardware limitations and design considerations on the performance of the system are presented, and general conclusions and physical interpretations on the results are made when possible.
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