Increasing the number of laser beams that can be coherently combined requires accurate and fast algorithms for compensating phase and alignment errors. The paper proposes to use a Fully Connected Artificial Neural Network (FCANN) to correct the beam positioning perturbations by evaluating the beam shifts and tilts from two images taken at slightly different locations. Then, since it is practically impossible to have a large enough experimental dataset to train the neural network, this approach required developing an accurate and fast simulation method to evaluate the beam propagation in arbitrary directions, overcoming the limitations occurring when the computation must be repeated a large number of times. The numerical approach is a variant of the Angular Spectrum (AS) method, called Non Uniform ADaptive Angular Spectrum (NUADAS) method, which relies on the combination of non-uniform and adaptive Fourier transform algorithms to allow the computation of an arbitrary field distribution in a plane that is shifted and tilted with respect to the source. The parallel implementation of the NUADAS method is discussed and the numerical and experimental validations are presented. Then, an FCANN is trained using the synthetic dataset generated with the NUADAS method and the results are discussed, demonstrating the viability of the proposed approach not only for coherent beam combing, but also in other beam alignment applications.
The Non Uniform Adaptive Angular Spectrum Method and its Application to Neural Network Assisted Coherent Beam Combining / Perrone, Guido; Mirigaldi, Alessandro; Carbone, Maurizio. - In: OPTICS EXPRESS. - ISSN 1094-4087. - ELETTRONICO. - 29:9(2021), pp. 13269-13287.
|Titolo:||The Non Uniform Adaptive Angular Spectrum Method and its Application to Neural Network Assisted Coherent Beam Combining|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2021|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.423057|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|