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Influence of the laser beam characteristics and the sample properties on the power handling characteristics of optical and laser components
Author(s): Roger M. Wood
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Paper Abstract

Optical and laser beams do not necessarily have smooth spatial and temporal distributions. These distributions may arise from the source itself -- e.g., multilongitudinal and/or transverse mode laser beams. They may be affected by the physical properties, distortions, refractive index variations and surface finish of the optical components and the optical coatings in the beam path. This paper discusses and shows examples of the influence of the various parameters on the transmitted beam quality and ultimately on the laser induced damage threshold and usefulness of the optical components themselves.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 November 1996
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2870, Third International Workshop on Laser Beam and Optics Characterization, (20 November 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.259927
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Roger M. Wood, Cosolas Ltd. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2870:
Third International Workshop on Laser Beam and Optics Characterization

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