Advanced tools and technologies are required to support high-performance deformable mirror (DM) development for Laser Beam Control Adaptive-Optic (AO) systems. The need to characterize DM dynamic response is key to performance improvement in future high-bandwidth AO systems able to compensate in real-time for atmospheric turbulence. MIEDAS directly responds to this DoD need as a unique comprehensive testing station employing an architecture supporting optical metrology multiple modalities tailored for varied DM device designs. The system’s functionality has been verified on varied DM device designs. AS&T specializes in providing advanced solutions to critical problems in laser beam control and support technologies. Our goal is to integrate and transition this technology into government/prime contractor systems for facilitating enhanced laser beam control performance.
Advanced Systems & Technologies (AS&T) responded to the Navy’s interest for advanced high-power directed energy laser beam control by developing a BeaconLess Adaptive-optic System and Technology (BLAST) to enhance high-power laser beams control capabilities enabling tighter focus on an extended image-resolved target in typical marine environments, i.e., moderate to deep turbulence. This is achieved using a specifically designed optical system capable of selective detection of the target-returned coherent or incoherent radiation fragments, and deriving the wave-function associated with detecting the fundamental features of the rough-surface target-scattered radiation. Post-processing of the beacon-detected field enables turbulence-perturbed wavefront retrieval and characterization thus performance enhancement. Laboratory BLAST tests have confirmed its operability. AS&T is a high-tech company having a mission to develop, demonstrate and commercialize laser and opto-electronic-based technologies.