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Machine Learning Pattern Recognition Algorithm With Applications to Coherent Laser Combination


We analyze a new kind of machine learning algorithm designed to feedback stabilize coherently combined lasers. This algorithm learns differential, rather than absolute, values of action in phase space, in order to facilitate learning on initially unstable systems. Experiments have shown that this approach can control small-scale spatial beam combination with high stability. In this paper we analyze the algorithm's performance and limitations in depth, showing that it can continuously learn during operation in order to track changes. Using simulation, we extend the application to temporal combination, and show that it scales to more complex instances by combining 81 beams.

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