A Thomson scattering opticals system is described with the following characteristics: (1) it allows scattering angles down to 1 mrad before collection optics interfere with beam dumping; (2) it gives excellent k resolution for angles of ≳ 1.5 mrad; (3) it collects light from a scattering volume which can be variably positioned without optical realignment; and (4) it is compact in size. The design, test data, and an application to rubylaser scattering from 100-µm wavelength plasma waves are presented.
© 1985 Optical Society of America
Christopher E. Clayton, Chris Darrow, and Chan Joshi, "Novel small-angle collective Thomson scattering system," Appl. Opt. 24, 2823-2826 (1985)