Remote steering of laser beams by radar- and laser-induced refractive-index gradients in the atmosphere Academic Article uri icon


  • Refractive-index gradients induced in the atmospheric air by properly tailored laser and microwave fields are shown to enable a remote steering of laser beams. Heatingassisted modulation of the refractive index of the air by microwave radiation is shown to support small-angle laser-beam bending with bending angles on the order of 10-2. Ionization of the atmospheric air by dyads of femto- and nanosecond laser pulses, on the other hand, can provide beam deflection angles in excess of /5, offering an attractive strategy for radiation transfer, free-space communications, and laser-based standoff detection. 2012 by Astro Ltd., published exclusively by WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.

published proceedings


author list (cited authors)

  • Zheltikov, A. M., Shneider, M. N., Voronin, A. A., Sokolov, A. V., & Scully, M. O.

citation count

  • 5

complete list of authors

  • Zheltikov, AM||Shneider, MN||Voronin, AA||Sokolov, AV||Scully, MO

publication date

  • November 2012