OSA's Digital Library

Applied Optics

Applied Optics


  • Vol. 17, Iss. 21 — Nov. 1, 1978
  • pp: 3496–3499

Intensity distribution properties of a Gaussian laser beam focus

E. D. Hirleman and W. H. Stevenson  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 17, Issue 21, pp. 3496-3499 (1978)

View Full Text Article

Enhanced HTML    Acrobat PDF (446 KB)

Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools



A generalized method for determining the properties of a Gaussian laser beam focus including waist radius, position, and intensity distribution is presented. Of significance to in situ laser diagnostic methods is a unique analysis of illuminated area as a function of intensity in a plane of the laser beam. The results apply for nontruncating diffraction-limited optical systems and are important in determination of the optical sampling volume of laser instruments for particulate and gaseous species analysis.

© 1978 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: November 14, 1977
Published: November 1, 1978

E. D. Hirleman and W. H. Stevenson, "Intensity distribution properties of a Gaussian laser beam focus," Appl. Opt. 17, 3496-3499 (1978)

Sort:  Author  |  Year  |  Journal  |  Reset  


  1. B. Y. H. Liu, R. N. Berglund, J. K. Agarwal, Atmos. Environ. 8, 717 (1974). [CrossRef]
  2. E. D. Hirleman, S. L. K. Wittig, Sixteenth Symposium (International) on Combustion (The Combustion Institute, Pittsburgh, 1977), p. 245. [CrossRef]
  3. E. D. Hirleman, S. L. K. Wittig, in CLEOS, 25–27 May 1976, Digest of Technical Papers (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1976), paper TUF4.
  4. W. M. Farmer, Appl. Opt. 15, 1984 (1976). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  5. E. D. Hirleman, “Optical Technique for Particular Characterization in Combustion Environments: The Multiple Ratio Single Particle Counter,” Ph.D. Thesis, Purdue U., West Lafayette, Ind. (1977).
  6. L. D. Dickson, Appl. Opt. 9, 1854 (1970). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  7. D. J. Innes, A. L. Bloom, “Design of Optical Systems for Use With Laser Beams,” Spectra-Physics Laser Technical Bulletin No. 5 (Spectra-Physics, Inc., Mt. View, Calif., 1966).
  8. H. T. Hunt, P. A. Renard, R. G. Nelson, Appl. Opt. 15, 1458 (1976). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

Cited By

Alert me when this paper is cited

OSA is able to provide readers links to articles that cite this paper by participating in CrossRef's Cited-By Linking service. CrossRef includes content from more than 3000 publishers and societies. In addition to listing OSA journal articles that cite this paper, citing articles from other participating publishers will also be listed.


Fig. 1 Fig. 2 Fig. 3
Fig. 4 Fig. 5

« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited