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Out-Of-Focus Intensity Distribution: Effects Of Focal Number And Aberration
Author(s): George A. Kyrala
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Paper Abstract

Shock wave experiments contemplated on powerful CO2 lasers require uniform planar illuminations over spot sizes much larger than the diffraction limit focal spot size of the focusing optics. Cost as well as space considerations limit one's choice of optics to parabolic mirrors with focal lengths between 78 and 150 cm, and apertures to 35 cm. Within these constraints one either modifies the incident laser energy distribution to modify the focal spot shape, or works out of the focal plane. I analyze the latter option using a fast Fourier method to calculate the intensity distributions for two focal lengths (78 and 132 cm) and various measured optical distortions (Phase only) for the focusing optics. I found that a 78 cm element produced more uniform spots of diameter 500 pm. The 132 cm element was less sensitive to focusing/positioning error than the 78 cm element.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 December 1981
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0288, Los Alamos Conf on Optics '81, (30 December 1981); doi: 10.1117/12.932024
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George A. Kyrala, University of California (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0288:
Los Alamos Conf on Optics '81
Donald H. Liebenberg, Editor(s)

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