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Geometrical Optics Of High Energy Laser (HEL) Components
Author(s): William Swantner
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Paper Abstract

A ray trace program, ACCOS V, was used to create optical path difference arrays for axicon-type cylindrical laser components. The arrays were used as data for an interferogram reduction program called MCI, which calculates coefficients for a set of orthogonal functions containing the aberrations encountered in aligning and using reflaxicons and waxicons. It is shown that a linear reflaxicon is free of spherical aberration for all conjugates and that it is a flat-field anastigmat. Contour plots with respect to several pertinent planes are shown for decentrations and tilts of the resonator components. Completeness of the orthogonal functions with respect to misalignment aberrations is demonstrated. Solutions to several difficulties encountered in ray tracing such systems with ACCOS V are described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 September 1980
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0237, 1980 International Lens Design Conference, (16 September 1980); doi: 10.1117/12.959093
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William Swantner, AFWL/ARAO, Kirtland Air Force Base (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0237:
1980 International Lens Design Conference
Robert E. Fischer, Editor(s)

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