Evaluating the effect of transmissive optic thermal lensing on laser beam quality with a shack-hartmann wave-front sensor.

@article{Mansell2001EvaluatingTE,
  title={Evaluating the effect of transmissive optic thermal lensing on laser beam quality with a shack-hartmann wave-front sensor.},
  author={Justin Dennis Mansell and Joeseph F. Hennawi and Eric Keith Gustafson and Martin M. Fejer and Robert L. Byer and David A. Clubley and Shigeyoshi Taihaku-ku Yoshida and David Howard Reitze},
  journal={Applied optics},
  year={2001},
  volume={40 3},
  pages={
          366-74
        }
}
We examine wave-front distortion caused by high-power lasers on transmissive optics using a Shack-Hartmann wave-front sensor. The coupling coefficient for a thermally aberrated Gaussian beam to the TEM(00) mode of a cavity was determined as a function of magnitude of the thermally induced aberration. One wave of thermally induced phase aberration between the Gaussian intensity peak and the 1/e(2) radius of the intensity profile reduces the power-coupling coefficient to the TEM(00) mode of the… CONTINUE READING

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