High power laser propagation.

  title={High power laser propagation.},
  author={F G Gebhardt},
  journal={Applied optics},
  volume={15 6},
High power laser beams propagating in the atmosphere are subjected to a variety of effects, the most important of which are absorption, scattering, turbulence induced beam spreading and wander, thermal blooming, and gas breakdown. In this paper simplified models are used to show how the various atmospheric effects interrelate and impact on the best laser choice for high power applications through their dependence on the laser wavelength and temporal mode (e.g., cw or pulsed) of operation… CONTINUE READING