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June 3, 2016

PhD Candidate W. Robert Burns - "Statistical Learning Methods for Aero-Optic Wavefront Prediction and Adaptive-Optic Latency Compensation"

Since the early 1970’s research in airborne laser systems has been the subject of continued interest. Notable airborne laser demonstration programs include the Airborne Laser Laboratory, ALL, the Airborne Tactical Laser, ATL, and the Airborne Laser, ABL. In the mid-1990’s researchers also began studying airborne free-space communication systems. Both of these applications depend on being able to propagate a near diffraction- limited laser beam from an airborne platform, but the realization that the airflow over the beam directors can destroy the quality of the laser beam is relatively recent.

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