Abstract

The comment by Vorontsov and Weyrauch [Appl. Opt. 55, 9950 (2016) [CrossRef]  ] is aimed at rebutting the critiques in Sprangle et al. [Appl. Opt. 54, F201 (2015) [CrossRef]  ] and Nelson et al. [Appl. Opt. 55, 1757 (2016) [CrossRef]  ]. In the comment, Vorontsov and colleagues describe their experiments aimed at demonstrating the feasibility of coherent combining of lasers on a distant target, using relatively low-power lasers and a cooperative retro-reflective target. The Naval Research Laboratory has demonstrated the capability to project high power on a distant target by making use of an incoherent combining architecture. The proof-of-concept experiments were performed in a realistic environment without employing cooperative targets and without sophisticated adaptive optics instrumentation.

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