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Diagnostic Techniques For Axicons And Related Optics
Author(s): Malcolm MacFarlane; Graham Flint
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Paper Abstract

The use of axicons and related types of optical components is of increasing importance in high energy laser systems. To aid in the acceptance testing of these optics, a program for the development of diagnostic tools and techniques for axicon evaluation has been undertaken by the Developmental Optics Facility at the Air Force Weapons Laboratory. Analytical models describing both the wavefronts and far-field patterns of systems containing axicons have been developed. These models have been used to derive methods for testing axicons in the laboratory. They have also been used to develop suggestions for the initial parameter specifications of axicons. Finally, methods for the correction of certain types of axicon aberrations due to fabrication errors are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 April 1979
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0171, Optical Components: Manufacture and Evaluation, (4 April 1979); doi: 10.1117/12.957044
Show Author Affiliations
Malcolm MacFarlane, International Laser Systems, Inc. (United States)
Graham Flint, International Laser Systems, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0171:
Optical Components: Manufacture and Evaluation
Donald S. Nicholson, Editor(s)

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