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Preparation of random-phase plates for laser-beam smoothing
Author(s): Ian M. Thomas; Sham N. Dixit; Michael C. Rushford
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Paper Abstract

Phase plates are required to remove aberrations from laser beams caused by inhomogeneities in the optical components of the laser. The first type of plate that we prepared consisted of a bilevel optical component that caused spatial smoothing of the beam by breaking it up into a fine scale spatial structure. This was made by etching a pattern directly into the substrate using HF/NH4F. Components up to 80 cm in diameter were prepared but these are only 85% efficient because of beam losses in secondary maxima. Multilevel designs are more efficient and we have prepared 5 inch diameter samples with 16 levels. These require four separate etch steps but have efficiencies greater than 90%.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 July 1995
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 2428, Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 1994, (14 July 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.213702
Show Author Affiliations
Ian M. Thomas, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Sham N. Dixit, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Michael C. Rushford, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2428:
Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 1994
Harold E. Bennett; Arthur H. Guenther; Mark R. Kozlowski; Brian Emerson Newnam; M. J. Soileau, Editor(s)

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