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Describing beam-aberration effects induced by laser-light transmitting components: a short account of Raytheon's contribution

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Claude A. Klein

c.a.k. analytics, inc. (USA)

Proc. SPIE 4376, Laser Weapons Technology II, 24 (September 4, 2001); doi:10.1117/12.438180
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  • Laser Weapons Technology II
  • William E. Thompson; Paul H. Merritt
  • Orlando, FL | April 16, 2001

abstract

Thermally induced optical distortions severely degrade the quality of high-power/high-energy laser beams, thus reducing the irradiance on target. The purpose of this paper is to present a brief history and a short account of R&D work that culminated in formulating analytical procedures for evaluating the impact of spherical aberrations generated by actively cooled cylindrical components that transmit CW laser radiation. Specifically, the paper deals with edge- and face-cooled optical components and examines how beam shape and cooling strength affect the power-handling performance.

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Claude A. Klein
"Describing beam-aberration effects induced by laser-light transmitting components: a short account of Raytheon's contribution", Proc. SPIE 4376, Laser Weapons Technology II, 24 (September 4, 2001); doi:10.1117/12.438180; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.438180


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