An Optical Health Monitor for High Power Lasers
Cybernet developed an automated optical health monitoring system that can alert the laser operator to degraded performance and coordinate predictive maintenance. The system acquires data from a number of standard metrology instruments, storing diagnostic data into a dynamic database. Optical characteristics to monitor include reflectance, transmittance, scatter, photothermal, and photomechanical response. This system is being built in collaboration with Boeing to support the needs of the boost phase ballistic missile defense system, the ABL or Air Borne Laser system.