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Title: Performance estimates for a multicube retroreflector design

Abstract

Here, we describe a novel type of retroreflector, which we call a “multicube” retroreflector, optimized to provide improved optical power return when a large number of retroreflectors are dispersed through a volume or on a surface. While it does not match the performance of a “multiplane cross” type retroreflector on an individual level, it offers improved performance compared to a standard corner cube while retaining the corner cube’s advantages: fabrication via stamping, and the ability to densely pack the retroreflectors. When dispersed as part of a cloud of retroreflectors, the multicube design provides significant performance improvements over both simple corner cubes and “multiplane cross” retroreflectors.

Authors:
ORCiD logo [1];  [2]
  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
  2. Air Force Research Lab., Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
U.S. Navy; USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1496748
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-17-22870
Journal ID: ISSN 0030-4018
Grant/Contract Number:  
89233218CNA000001
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Optics Communications
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 441; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 0030-4018
Publisher:
Elsevier
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
47 OTHER INSTRUMENTATION; laser, retroreflector, dispersed performance

Citation Formats

Lewellen. IV, John W., and Harris, John R. Performance estimates for a multicube retroreflector design. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.1016/j.optcom.2019.02.013.
Lewellen. IV, John W., & Harris, John R. Performance estimates for a multicube retroreflector design. United States. doi:10.1016/j.optcom.2019.02.013.
Lewellen. IV, John W., and Harris, John R. Thu . "Performance estimates for a multicube retroreflector design". United States. doi:10.1016/j.optcom.2019.02.013.
@article{osti_1496748,
title = {Performance estimates for a multicube retroreflector design},
author = {Lewellen. IV, John W. and Harris, John R.},
abstractNote = {Here, we describe a novel type of retroreflector, which we call a “multicube” retroreflector, optimized to provide improved optical power return when a large number of retroreflectors are dispersed through a volume or on a surface. While it does not match the performance of a “multiplane cross” type retroreflector on an individual level, it offers improved performance compared to a standard corner cube while retaining the corner cube’s advantages: fabrication via stamping, and the ability to densely pack the retroreflectors. When dispersed as part of a cloud of retroreflectors, the multicube design provides significant performance improvements over both simple corner cubes and “multiplane cross” retroreflectors.},
doi = {10.1016/j.optcom.2019.02.013},
journal = {Optics Communications},
number = C,
volume = 441,
place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {2}
}

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