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Theory Of Intracavity Adaptive Optic Mode Control
Author(s): Kurt Edmund Oughstun
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Paper Abstract

A theoretical treatment of the influence linear intracavity phase aberrations have upon the transverse mode structure of an unstable cavity and the ideal compensation of such aberrations by an intracavity adaptive optic element is provided. Numerical calculations of the aberration sensitivity and the corrective capabilities afforded by such an ideally configured adaptive optic element demonstrate the accuracy of this analysis. A numerical analysis of the system performance obtained in a recent adaptive laser experiment shows that the multidither approach does not yield the optimum correction. As a consequence, it is suggested that the best approach to applying adaptive optics to intracavity mode control is to calculate the precise mirror surface profile from measurements of the outcoupled phase structure weighted by the appropriate theoretical aberration sensitivity coefficient.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 August 1983
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 0365, Adaptive Optics Systems and Technology, (23 August 1983); doi: 10.1117/12.934199
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Kurt Edmund Oughstun, United Technologies Research Center (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0365:
Adaptive Optics Systems and Technology
Richard J. Becherer; Bruce A. Horwitz, Editor(s)

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