In this paper we discuss certain aspects concerning the transport and focusing of a high power far-IR laser beam into a plasma for Thomson scattering measurements. To attain the required megawatt power level in a D2O laser, it is important to use efficiently the volume of the optically pumped vapor. The best known method to achieve this is use of an unstable resonator which produces a beam with an annular intensity profile. This has a negative effect on the quality of the focused beam and on the intensity profile incident on the beam dump. A system utilizing a Cassegrainian telescope and spatial filtering techniques is found to be a good solution.
© 1983 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: November 17, 1983
Published: May 1, 1983
M. R. Siegrist, I. Kjelberg, and R. Behn, "Transportation of far-IR beams for use in plasma diagnostics," Appl. Opt. 22, 1318-1324 (1983)