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Beam shaping with a laser amplifier
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Paper Abstract

We propose a new technique for laser beam shaping namely the reshaping of the laser beam into a desirable beam profile by the use of a laser amplifier with a pump beam that has a modified intensity profile. We developed the analytical formula which describes the transformation of the seed beam into the desired beam profile in the amplifiers small signal regime. In the case were high pump power saturated the laser crystal we have shown the method of reshaping of the seed beam into desirable beam by a numerically obtained pump intensity profile. The method can also be extended for shaped seed beams with fixed profile pump.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 March 2014
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8960, Laser Resonators, Microresonators, and Beam Control XVI, 89601N (4 March 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2039005
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Igor A. Litvin, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (South Africa)
Oliver J. P. Collett, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (South Africa)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8960:
Laser Resonators, Microresonators, and Beam Control XVI
Alexis V. Kudryashov; Alan H. Paxton; Vladimir S. Ilchenko; Lutz Aschke; Kunihiko Washio, Editor(s)

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