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Theory of geometrical methods for design of laser beam shaping systems
Author(s): David L. Shealy
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Paper Abstract

From geometrical optics, the laws of reflection and refraction, ray tracing techniques, conservation of energy within a bundle of rays, and the condition of constant optical path length provide a foundation for design of laser beam shaping systems. Geometrical optics design methods are presented for shaping the irradiance profile of both rotationally and rectangular symmetric laser beams. Applications of these techniques to design reflective and refractive laser beam shaping systems are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 October 2000
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 4095, Laser Beam Shaping, (25 October 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.405249
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David L. Shealy, Univ. of Alabama/Birmingham (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4095:
Laser Beam Shaping
Fred M. Dickey; Scott C. Holswade, Editor(s)

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