Welcome to the Intelligent Optics Lab

Researchers of the University of Dayton Intelligent Optics Laboratory focus on the areas of controllable and adaptive optical systems and optical wave propagation through the atmosphere.

Research topics include:

  • Compensation of the adverse effects of atmospheric turbulence on optical wave propagation (wavefront distortions)
  • Development of sensors and techniques for characterization of atmospheric turbulence
  • Analysis of the impact of deep/long-range turbulence effects on optical system performance
  • Development of numerical techniques for simulation of the effects of atmospheric turbulence and refraction on optical beam propagation and imaging
  • Analysis of imaging through the turbulent atmosphere
  • Mitigation of turbulence effects in free-space laser communication systems

Our research is supported through a 7-km atmospheric optics testbed with continuously operating sensors for measurement of atmospheric turbulence strength and meteorological data.


  • V. V. Kolosov, V. V. Dudorov, G. A. Filimonov, A. S. Panina, and M. A. Vorontsov, “Accounting for the effect of large-scale atmospheric inhomogeneities in problems of laser radiation propagation along long high-altitude paths,” Atmos. Oceanic Opt., vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 123–129, 2014.
  • M. A. Vorontsov, “Speckle effects in target-in-the-loop laser beam projection systems,” Adv. Opt. Techn., vol. 2, no. 5–6, p. 369–395, 2013.
  • S. L. Lachinova and M. A. Vorontsov, “Exotic laser beam engineering with coherent fiber-array systems,” J. Opt., vol. 15, no. 10, p. 105501, 2013.
  • M. A. Vorontsov, V. V. Dudorov, M. O. Zyryanova, V. V. Kolosov, and G. A. Filimonov, “Bit error rate in free-space optical communication systems with a partially coherent transmitting beam,” Atmos. Oceanic Opt., vol. 26, no. 3, pp. 185–189, 2013.
  • J. Minet, M. A Vorontsov, E. Polnau, and D. Dolfi, “Enhanced correlation of received power-signal fluctuations in bidirectional optical links,” J. Opt., vol. 15, no. 2, p. 022401, 2013.

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Contact Us

Intelligent Optics Laboratory, Dr. Mikhail Vorontsov, Director

Fitz Hall 544J 
1529 Brown St 
Dayton, Ohio 45469