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Design of a four-element, hollow-cube corner retroreflector for satellites by use of a genetic algorithm

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A four-element retroreflector was designed for satellite laser ranging and Earth–satellite–Earth laser long-path absorption measurement of the atmosphere. The retroreflector consists of four symmetrically located corner retroreflectors. Each retroreflector element has curved mirrors and tuned dihedral angles to correct velocity aberrations. A genetic algorithm was employed to optimize dihedral angles of each element and the directions of the four elements. The optimized four-element retroreflector has high reflectance with a reasonably broad angular coverage. It is also shown that the genetic algorithm is effective for optimizing optics with many parameters.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

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