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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 52, Iss. 21 — Jul. 20, 2013
  • pp: 5312–5317

Reconstruction of laser beam wavefronts based on mode analysis

Christian Schulze, Angela Dudley, Daniel Flamm, Michael Duparré, and Andrew Forbes  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 52, Issue 21, pp. 5312-5317 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.52.005312


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Abstract

We present the reconstruction of a laser beam wavefront from its mode spectrum and investigate in detail the impact of distinct aberrations on the mode composition. The measurement principle is presented on a Gaussian beam that is intentionally distorted by displaying defined aberrations on a spatial light modulator. The comparison of reconstructed and programmed wavefront aberrations yields excellent agreement, proving the high measurement fidelity.

© 2013 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(010.7350) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Wave-front sensing
(030.4070) Coherence and statistical optics : Modes
(120.5050) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Phase measurement
(140.3295) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam characterization
(070.6120) Fourier optics and signal processing : Spatial light modulators

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: May 17, 2013
Revised Manuscript: June 26, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: June 26, 2013
Published: July 19, 2013

Citation
Christian Schulze, Angela Dudley, Daniel Flamm, Michael Duparré, and Andrew Forbes, "Reconstruction of laser beam wavefronts based on mode analysis," Appl. Opt. 52, 5312-5317 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-52-21-5312

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