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Thermal blooming in NPLs
Author(s): Maria Petra; George H. Miley
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Paper Abstract

Nuclear-pumped lasers (NPLs) potentially offer an attractive method for high power laser applications such as a space power beaming. However, thermal gradients created by the pumping of the ion medium are producing a dynamic thermal blooming which must be understood and controlled for accurate beam control and focusing. In this paper, basic experimental studies of blooming under a variety of conditions are presented. It is shown that one promising approach for reducing the effect is to employ a combined volume-wall pumping technique.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 September 1998
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3343, High-Power Laser Ablation, (14 September 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.321511
Show Author Affiliations
Maria Petra, Argonne National Lab. (United States)
George H. Miley, Univ. of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3343:
High-Power Laser Ablation
Claude R. Phipps, Editor(s)

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