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Advances in Optical Technologies
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 167129, 8 pages
Research Article

Implementation of a Phase Only Spatial Light Modulator as an Atmospheric Turbulence Simulator at 1550 nm

1U. S. Naval Research Laboratory, Freespace Photonics Communications Office, Code 5505, Washington, DC 20375, USA
2Sandia National Laboratories, 1515 Eubank Boulevard, SE Albuquerque, NM 87123, USA
3U. S. Naval Research Laboratory, Wavefront Sensing & Control, Code 7216, Albuquerque, NM 87101, USA
4Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Department, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC 20064, USA

Received 25 February 2014; Revised 12 June 2014; Accepted 30 June 2014; Published 6 August 2014

Academic Editor: Partha P. Banerjee

Copyright © 2014 Carlos Font et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Supplementary Material

The multimedia file (left) shows the dynamic random phase screens that were generated by the ATS software. The effects of those phase screens on the light beam where they obsere the PSF variationes in shape, location, and quality are shown (center). A diagnostic in the form of using the corresponding interferograms is shown (right). In this video clip, the characteristic fringe patterns for different combinations of the Zernikes resulting from turbulence-like randomized phase changes is evident and enables the researcher to systematically diagnose the impact of specific combinations on beam behavior.

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