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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 36 — Dec. 20, 1997
  • pp: 9342–9347

Nonlinear formation of holographic images of obscurations in laser beams

C. Clay Widmayer, David Milam, and Simon P. deSzoeke  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 36, Issue 36, pp. 9342-9347 (1997)

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Computer models are used to simulate the nonlinear formation of images of obscurations in laser beams. The predictions of the model are found to be in good agreement with measurements conducted in the nonlinear regime corresponding to a typical solid-state laser operation. In this regime, peak-to-mean fluence ratios large enough to induce damage in optical components are observed. The amplitude of the images and their location along the propagation axis are accurately predicted by the simulations. This indicates that the model is a reliable design tool for specifying component staging and optical specifications to avoid optical damage by this mechanism.

© 1997 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: April 30, 1997
Revised Manuscript: August 28, 1997
Published: December 20, 1997

C. Clay Widmayer, David Milam, and Simon P. deSzoeke, "Nonlinear formation of holographic images of obscurations in laser beams," Appl. Opt. 36, 9342-9347 (1997)

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