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Astigmatic unstable resonator with an intracavity deformable mirror
Author(s): Daniel R. Neal; Pat McMillin; Robert Bruce Michie
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Paper Abstract

Many side-pumped lasers exhibit significant index gradients across the gain region aperture. For pulsed lasers where these gradients are time dependent, extraction with good beam quality requires the use of an adaptive optic. Since these inhomogeneities are systematic, wavefront correction can be performed with a model deformable mirror. We have designed a resonator which uses a cylindrically deformable mirror to correct for wavefront aberrations in a pulsed nuclear-reactor-driven laser. The mirror is capable of correcting up to ten waves of cylindrical focus error while maintaining tip/tilt alignment of the resonator. It is based around the flat plate bending using magnetostrictive actuators. A cylindrical intracavity beam expander is used to image the DM into the laser gain region. The beam expander can be adjusted to vary the resonator magnification in one axis, or to control the stability of the resonator. The mirror is controlled closed loop using a four channel wavefront sensor and a digital control system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 December 1991
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1542, Active and Adaptive Optical Systems, (1 December 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.48828
Show Author Affiliations
Daniel R. Neal, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Pat McMillin, Kaman Aerospace Corp. (United States)
Robert Bruce Michie, Mission Research Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1542:
Active and Adaptive Optical Systems
Mark A. Ealey, Editor(s)

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