A magnetorheological finishing technique for correcting the transmitted wavefront of laser rods is reported. Significant improvements for large-aperture Nd:YLF laser rods are demonstrated, and the potential for correcting smaller apertures and thermal aberrations is addressed.
© 2004 Optical Society of America
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(220.0220) Optical design and fabrication : Optical design and fabrication
(220.5450) Optical design and fabrication : Polishing
J. D. Zuegel, V. Bagnoud, T. Mooney, and P. Dumas, "Wavefront correction of laser rods using magnetorheological finishing," in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics/International Quantum Electronics Conference and Photonic Applications Systems Technologies, Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2004), paper CFL3.
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