Image relaying is presented as a technique for aligning beams onto mm-sized target of high power laser. On the basis of summarizing the preceeding work on the near-field image relaying of multiple spatial filters, the far-filed image relaying is suggested firstly. The near-field and far-field image relaying properties of multiple spatial filters in laser beams automatic alignment system are analyzed. A geometrical optics approach and an ABCD ray matrix theory are used throughout. The reasonable and optimum scheme for automatically aligning multi-pass beam paths is presented and demonstrated on the multi-pass amplifier system of the SG-III prototype.
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Daizhong Liu, Fengnian Lv, Jinzhou Cao, Renfang Xu, Jianqiang Zhu, Dianyuan Fan, Jianbo Xiao, and Xiaojun Zhou, "Design and application of a laser beam alignment system based on the imaging properties of a multi-pass amplifier," Chin. Opt. Lett. 4, 601-604 (2006)