Experimental measurements and computer simulations of nonlinear holographic imaging of phase errors in laser beams are presented. The computer models are found to accurately predict the results of the experiments. Comparison with similar results by use of amplitude scatterers reveals that the image location (along the propagation path) is the same for phase and amplitude scatterers. However, the intensity and fluence of the image of a phase scatterer are significantly larger, indicating that phase objects pose a larger damage threat to optical components.
© 1998 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: December 17, 1997
Revised Manuscript: March 19, 1998
Published: July 20, 1998
C. Clay Widmayer, Melinda R. Nickels, and David Milam, "Nonlinear holographic imaging of phase errors," Appl. Opt. 37, 4801-4805 (1998)