High-power laser propagation: Thermal blooming

  title={High-power laser propagation: Thermal blooming},
  author={D. Smith},
  journal={Proceedings of the IEEE},
  • D. Smith
  • Published 1977 in Proceedings of the IEEE
This paper presents a tutorial review of the self-induced thermal distortion of laser radiation propagating in absorbing media. The distortion of the laser beam is the result of heating of the path by absorption of a small fraction of the laser beam power by the medium which changes the index of refraction and therefore distorts the beam. Thermal-blooming… CONTINUE READING