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Beam shaping diffractive optical elements for high-power solid state laser systems
Author(s): Ian M. Barton; Paul Blair; Andrew J. Waddie; Karsten Ballueder; Mohammad R. Taghizadeh; Hazel A. McInnes; Thomas H. Bett
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Paper Abstract

Diffractive optical elements to modify laser beam spatial intensity distributions are described. The elements have been applied to free-space Gaussian to flat-top beam conversion and customization of the modes of a laser resonator. The single pass free space elements demonstrate a high efficiency but result in to much high frequency noise on the beam. The intra-cavity elements significantly altered the TEM00 profile but practical limitations with the positioning of the element within the cavity prevented operation in the design mode.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 July 1999
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3492, Third International Conference on Solid State Lasers for Application to Inertial Confinement Fusion, (23 July 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.354156
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Ian M. Barton, Heriot-Watt Univ. (United Kingdom)
Paul Blair, Heriot-Watt Univ. (United Kingdom)
Andrew J. Waddie, Heriot-Watt Univ. (United Kingdom)
Karsten Ballueder, Heriot-Watt Univ. (United Kingdom)
Mohammad R. Taghizadeh, Heriot-Watt Univ. (United Kingdom)
Hazel A. McInnes, Atomic Weapons Establishment plc (United Kingdom)
Thomas H. Bett, Atomic Weapons Establishment plc (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3492:
Third International Conference on Solid State Lasers for Application to Inertial Confinement Fusion
W. Howard Lowdermilk, Editor(s)

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