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  • Vol. 41, Iss. 15 — May. 20, 2002
  • pp: 2809–2817

Determination of Beam Parameters and Coherence Properties of Laser Radiation by Use of an Extended Hartmann-Shack Wave-Front Sensor

Bernd Schäfer and Klaus Mann  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 41, Issue 15, pp. 2809-2817 (2002)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.41.002809


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Abstract

A combination of a Hartmann-Shack sensor and a standard far-field measurement on one single detector is proposed. The technique is fast and operates without movable parts, thus permitting a compact design. It is not only suited for characterization of the wave-front distribution but may also be considered for determination of the important parameters of beam width, beam divergence, and beam propagation ratio <i>M</i><sup>2</sup> of partially coherent laser beams. First results indicate that a fairly thorough beam characterization, including spatial coherence, propagation characteristics, and beam quality, can be achieved with this method.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(120.5050) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Phase measurement

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Bernd Schäfer and Klaus Mann, "Determination of Beam Parameters and Coherence Properties of Laser Radiation by Use of an Extended Hartmann-Shack Wave-Front Sensor," Appl. Opt. 41, 2809-2817 (2002)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-41-15-2809


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