Abstract

Recent experimental measurements of nonlinear, multiple-pulse propagation are presented. Long atmospheric paths were simulated by laboratory scale instrumentation. Blooming was examined as a function of pulse overlap. Observed peak target intensities decreased as the pulse repetition frequency increased and as the effective transverse wind decreased. Theoretical predictions from two computer codes are shown to be consistent with the measurements. A significant fraction of the induced beam distortions were corrected by phase compensation with a deformable mirror.

© 1977 the Optical Society of America

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  7. F. G. Gebhardt, "Experimental demonstration of the use of phase correction to reduce thermal blooming" (unpublished).

1975 (1)

1974 (1)

1973 (1)

Aitken, A. H.

Gebhardt, F. G.

F. G. Gebhardt, "Experimental demonstration of the use of phase correction to reduce thermal blooming" (unpublished).

Lilly, J. Q.

J. Wallace and J. Q. Lilly, "Thermal blooming of repetitively pulsed laser beams," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 64, 1651–1655 (1974).

J. Q. Lilly, "Simplified calculation of laser beam propagation through the atmosphere," Technical Report RH-76-9, U. S. Army Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, January 1976 (unpublished).

Pasciak, J.

Smith, D. C.

D. C. Smith, "Overview of laser radiation induced gas breakdown," paper presented at the First DoD Conference on High Energy Laser Technology San Diego, Calif., October 1974 (unpublished).

Ulrich, P. B.

P. B. Ulrich, Naval Research Laboratories, Washington, D. C. (private communication).

Wallace, J.

Appl. Opt. (1)

J. Opt. Soc. Am. (2)

Other (4)

D. C. Smith, "Overview of laser radiation induced gas breakdown," paper presented at the First DoD Conference on High Energy Laser Technology San Diego, Calif., October 1974 (unpublished).

P. B. Ulrich, Naval Research Laboratories, Washington, D. C. (private communication).

J. Q. Lilly, "Simplified calculation of laser beam propagation through the atmosphere," Technical Report RH-76-9, U. S. Army Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, January 1976 (unpublished).

F. G. Gebhardt, "Experimental demonstration of the use of phase correction to reduce thermal blooming" (unpublished).

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