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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 50, Iss. 30 — Oct. 20, 2011
  • pp: 5812–5815

Laser multipass system with interior cell configuration

Jacek Borysow, Alexander Kostinski, and Manfred Fink  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 50, Issue 30, pp. 5812-5815 (2011)

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We ask whether it is possible to restore a multipass system alignment after a gas cell is inserted in the central region. Indeed, it is possible, and we report on a remarkably simple rearrangement of a laser multipass system, composed of two spherical mirrors and a gas cell with flat windows in the middle. For example, for a window of thickness d and refractive index of n, adjusting the mirror separation by 2 d ( 1 1 n ) is sufficient to preserve the laser beam alignment and tracing. This expression is in agreement with ray-tracing computations and our laboratory experiment. Insofar as our solution corrects for spherical aberrations, it may also find applications in microscopy.

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OCIS Codes
(120.0120) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology
(170.0170) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical optics and biotechnology
(170.5660) Medical optics and biotechnology : Raman spectroscopy
(300.0300) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy
(300.6450) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, Raman

Original Manuscript: May 12, 2011
Revised Manuscript: August 21, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: August 26, 2011
Published: October 14, 2011

Jacek Borysow, Alexander Kostinski, and Manfred Fink, "Laser multipass system with interior cell configuration," Appl. Opt. 50, 5812-5815 (2011)

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