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A novel criterion for evaluating the beam quality of high energy laser
Author(s): Kai Han; Quan Sun; Xiaojun Xu
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, a novel criterion for evaluating the beam quality of high energy laser is proposed, which is called “power outside the large bucket”, POLB for short. The novel criterion does not demonstrate the divergence of the beam but focuses on the high spatial frequency wavefront aberration of the beam. The POLB values of the laser beams with various aberrations are calculated. It shows that the more high spatial frequency components in the aberration the larger POLB value is. Moreover, it is theoretically analyzed that the laser beams with various aberrations are corrected by ideal adaptive optics (AO) systems with different deformation mirror (DM) actuator numbers. It is shown that the residual error of the corrected wavefront aberration with many high spatial frequency components is quite large. Finally, the dependence of the residual wavefront error on the POLB value is investigated. Only if the POLB is smaller than 3.8/3.4/2.5/1.7 the residual error of the wavefront may be smaller than λ/10, which is corrected by an ideal AO system with 127/61/37/19 actuators. It is necessary to employ a complicated AO system for improving the laser beam of which the POLB value is large. The novel evaluating criterion POLB is able to demonstrate the amount of high spatial frequency aberration and the residual wavefront error corrected by AO system. It is an accessible and useful criterion for evaluating the beam quality of high energy lasers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 October 2016
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10152, High Power Lasers, High Energy Lasers, and Silicon-based Photonic Integration, 101520B (19 October 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2244510
Show Author Affiliations
Kai Han, National Univ. of Defense Technology (China)
Quan Sun, National Univ. of Defense Technology (China)
Xiaojun Xu, National Univ. of Defense Technology (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10152:
High Power Lasers, High Energy Lasers, and Silicon-based Photonic Integration
Lijun Wang; Zhiping Zhou, Editor(s)

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