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  • Vol. 37, Iss. 6 — Feb. 20, 1998
  • pp: 1045–1048

Beam propagation constants for a radial laser array

James D. Strohschein, Herb J. J. Seguin, and Clarence E. Capjack  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 37, Issue 6, pp. 1045-1048 (1998)

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The beam quality of a radial laser array, quantified in terms of the M2 propagation constant, is determined as a function of array element configuration. A lower bound on array M2 is estimated for both phase-locked and nonphase-locked conditions. It is shown that, to achieve near-unity M2 array, either aperture filling or spatial filtering is required in addition to phase locking. An aperture-filling method suitable for radial arrays of CO2 slab lasers is presented.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.3290) Lasers and laser optics : Laser arrays
(140.3470) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, carbon dioxide
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation

Original Manuscript: December 6, 1996
Revised Manuscript: September 29, 1997
Published: February 20, 1998

James D. Strohschein, Herb J. J. Seguin, and Clarence E. Capjack, "Beam propagation constants for a radial laser array," Appl. Opt. 37, 1045-1048 (1998)

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