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  • Vol. 17, Iss. 23 — Dec. 1, 1978
  • pp: 3804–3808

Variable attenuator for Gaussian laser beams

D. A. B. Miller and S. D. Smith  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 17, Issue 23, pp. 3804-3808 (1978)

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A method of attenuating laser beams is described, which is continuously variable, gives an output beam of constant Gaussian shape, and is adaptable to a wide range of laser types and power levels. The theory of the method is discussed, and the performance of a prototype system, used with a CO laser and having a dynamic range of >105, is presented.

© 1978 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: December 20, 1977
Published: December 1, 1978

D. A. B. Miller and S. D. Smith, "Variable attenuator for Gaussian laser beams," Appl. Opt. 17, 3804-3808 (1978)

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  1. A. E. Siegman, An Introduction to Lasers and Masers (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1970), Chap. 8.
  2. C. S. Evans, R. Hunneman, J. S. Seeley, J. Phys. D 9, 309 (1976). [CrossRef]

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