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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 53, Iss. 20 — Jul. 10, 2014
  • pp: 4555–4564

Scattered light imaging method (SLIM) for characterization of arbitrary laser beam intensity profiles

Kelly C. Jorge, Rudimar Riva, Nicolau A. S. Rodrigues, João M. S. Sakamoto, and Marcelo G. Destro  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 53, Issue 20, pp. 4555-4564 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.53.004555


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Abstract

A laser beam characterization method is reported, which is applicable to arbitrary and ideal laser beam intensity profiles. This method, called the scattered light imaging method (SLIM), is based on scattered light imaging of a laser beam and provides a complete visualization of it in the region of interest. The method was applied to characterize an arbitrary pedestal-shaped beam and compared with a conventional method (camera scanning). The results we presented show that, for arbitrary beams, it seems much more meaningful to know the intensity profile evolution than to determine an M2 value. Therefore the SLIM is a powerful tool for a new and more complete type of laser beam characterization.

© 2014 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(110.2970) Imaging systems : Image detection systems
(290.0290) Scattering : Scattering
(140.3295) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam characterization

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: February 21, 2014
Revised Manuscript: May 14, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: May 29, 2014
Published: July 9, 2014

Citation
Kelly C. Jorge, Rudimar Riva, Nicolau A. S. Rodrigues, João M. S. Sakamoto, and Marcelo G. Destro, "Scattered light imaging method (SLIM) for characterization of arbitrary laser beam intensity profiles," Appl. Opt. 53, 4555-4564 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-53-20-4555

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