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Setup of a Beam Control System for High Power Laser Systems at DLR

Buske, Ivo and Walther, Andreas (2016) Setup of a Beam Control System for High Power Laser Systems at DLR. SPIE Security & Defence, 26.-29. Sep. 2016, Edinburgh, GB. DOI: 10.1117/12.2240942

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Different types of high power or high energy lasers in the multi kW class are currently available or are under development with promising progress reports. A major challenge is to deliver as much as possible of the available power onto a small and fast moving target over a long distance through a disturbing atmosphere. High resolution imaging is a common way to identify the category of targets dedication and to determine the spatial position relative to the observer. By illuminating the target with a laser the imaging system becomes more resilient towards ambient light and the exposure time can be reduced drastically. Fast and deterministic control loops are demanding for the moving parts in order to maintain a high accuracy for the pointing of the turret and aiming of the laser countermeasure system. Here, we report on the progress of such a beam control system developed at the Institute of Technical Physics of DLR. In an overview we present the beam control system and explain different sub-systems. Performance tests were taken at our outdoor test range. We investigated various scenarios for probing the limits of the tracking and pointing accuracy with a target sample mounted on a fast moving linear stage. We present first results of the beam control system performance.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/106618/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Setup of a Beam Control System for High Power Laser Systems at DLR
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Buske, IvoIvo.Buske (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Walther, AndreasAndreas.Walther (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:October 2016
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
DOI :10.1117/12.2240942
Keywords:laser beam control, laser tracking, high power laser, directed energy
Event Title:SPIE Security & Defence
Event Location:Edinburgh, GB
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:26.-29. Sep. 2016
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:air traffic management and operations
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AO - Air Traffic Management and Operation
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Air Traffic Concepts and Operation
Location: Stuttgart
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Technical Physics > Active Optical Systems
Deposited By: Buske, Dr.-Ing. Ivo
Deposited On:10 Nov 2016 11:51
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 20:04

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