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Fiber optic beam homogenizer and resonator design for 5-kW class supersonic chemical oxygen-iodine laser (COIL)
Author(s): Shiv C. Dass; Kip R. Kendrick; Charles A. Helms; Vincent A. Valdez
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Paper Abstract

The Chemical Oxygen- Iodine Laser (COIL) beam of 5.3 kW average power was homogenized by transmitting through a low-loss fiber optic with a rectangular core. The fiber optic integrator transformed the beam into a beam with a uniform illumination. The exit aperture ofthe fiber was then imaged by projection optics and the beam uniformity was analyzed in the image plane. These experiments demonstrated a simple technique ofproviding a highly uniform beam over a large target area by using the low loss fiber. The desired rectangular beam footprints were achieved without the use of an external aperture The beam profiles and power were recorded and analyzed before and after the fiber. The COIL used for this puipose was specially configured for a stable resonator to produce a near-square cross section, low divergence, and multimode beam.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 April 2001
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4270, Laser Resonators IV, (24 April 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.424671
Show Author Affiliations
Shiv C. Dass, Boeing Co. (United States)
Kip R. Kendrick, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Charles A. Helms, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Vincent A. Valdez, Boeing Co. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4270:
Laser Resonators IV
Alexis V. Kudryashov; Alan H. Paxton, Editor(s)

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