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Interferometry Of Large Diameter Beam Expanders
Author(s): Bill Mullins
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Paper Abstract

In laser beam propagation studies, wavefront aberrations introduced by the beam handling optics must be known to truly characterize the atmospheric effects on the laser beam. Hence, careful optical interferometry was performed on a laser beam expander and its associated relay optics, before it was used for propagation experiments. However, recent studies by Bennett, et al.', have shown that interferometric measurements of mirrors with enhanced reflection coatings must be performed at the designed wavelength. Bennett's studies show that measuring these enhanced reflecting coatings off-band produces erroneous wavefront errors. An experiment was performed to see if this interferometric measurement problem existed in our system which contained one enhanced reflecting mirror.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 December 1981
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0293, Wavefront Distortions in Power Optics, (30 December 1981); doi: 10.1117/12.932328
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Bill Mullins, Air Force Weapons Laboratory (ARLO) (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0293:
Wavefront Distortions in Power Optics
Claude A. Klein, Editor(s)

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