Piotr Piatrou

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We address the problem of using adaptive optics to deliver power from an airborne laser platform to a ground target through atmospheric turbulence under conditions of strong scintillation and anisoplanatism. We explore three options for creating a beacon for use in adaptive optics beam control: scattering laser energy from the target, using a single(More)
Robustness of the recently proposed "pseudo open-loop control" algorithm against various system errors has been investigated for the representative example of the Gemini-South 8-m telescope multiconjugate adaptive-optics system. The existing model to represent the adaptive-optics system with pseudo open-loop control has been modified to account for(More)
We apply a target-in-the-loop strategy to the case of adaptive optics beam control in the presence of strong atmospheric turbulence for air-to-ground directed energy laser applications. Using numerical simulations we show that in the absence of a cooperative beacon to probe the atmosphere it is possible to extract information suitable for effective beam(More)
We analyze the optical effects due to distortions of a three-mirror telescope that is sufficiently large that all three mirrors must be actively controlled. Numerical experiments on telescopes with both monolithic and segmented primary mirrors reveal the existence of telescope misalignment configurations (modes) that are invisible to a fixed focal station(More)
We compare the performance of the Kalman filter (KF)-based and the minimum variance (MV) control algorithms for a zonal adaptive optics with a phase temporal prediction step included for effective compensation of the errors attributable to latencies in the system. The main goal is to evaluate the performance achievable by the computationally more expensive(More)
We describe a complexity reduction approach intended to solve the tomographic alignment problem for the Thirty Meter Telescope by means of its alignment and phasing system (APS) with little loss of information. This approach is computationally efficient enough to perform detailed Monte-Carlo simulations of the APS on a standard PC. We present sample(More)
Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensing in general requires careful registration of the reimaged telescope primary mirror to the Shack-Hartmann mask or lenslet array. The registration requirements are particularly demanding for applications in which segmented mirrors are phased using a physical optics generalization of the Shack-Hartmann test. In such cases the(More)
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