The effect of self-focusing on laser space-debris cleaning

Alexander M. Rubenchik, Michail P. Fedoruk, Sergei K. Turitsyn

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

A ground-based laser system for space-debris cleaning will use powerful laser pulses that can self-focus while propagating through the atmosphere. We demonstrate that for the relevant laser parameters, this self-focusing can noticeably decrease the laser intensity on the target. We show that the detrimental effect can be, to a great extent, compensated for by applying the optimal initial beam defocusing. The effect of laser elevation on the system performance is discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e159
Number of pages6
JournalLight
Volume3
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Apr 2014

Bibliographical note

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-
NonCommercial-NoDerivs Works 3.0 Unported license. To view a copy of
this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0

Keywords

  • laser
  • self-focusing
  • space debris

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'The effect of self-focusing on laser space-debris cleaning'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this