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Optical Distortion Coefficients Of Laser Windows: One More Time
Author(s): Claude A Klein
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Paper Abstract

This paper concerns the problem of describing and evaluating thermal lensing phenomena that occur as a result of the absorption of laser light in solid windows. The aberration-function expansion method is applied for deriving the two optical distortion coefficients X+ and x_ that characterize the degradation in light intensity at the Gaussian focus of an initially diffraction-limited laser beam passing through a weakly absorbing stress-birefringent window. In a pulsed mode of operation, the concept of an effective optical distortion coefficient Xeff, which properly combines the coefficients X+ and X_ in terms of potential impact on focal irradiances, then leads to the definition of a figure of merit for distortion. The theory and the calculations presented in this and earlier papers provide simple analytical tools for predicting the optical performance of a window-material candidate in a specific system's environment.

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Date Published: 11 July 1989
PDF: 22 pages
Proc. SPIE 1047, Mirrors and Windows for High Power/High Energy Laser Systems, (11 July 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.951352
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Claude A Klein, Raytheon Company (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1047:
Mirrors and Windows for High Power/High Energy Laser Systems
Claude A. Klein, Editor(s)

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