OSA's Digital Library

Journal of the Optical Society of America

Journal of the Optical Society of America

  • Vol. 67, Iss. 3 — Mar. 1, 1977
  • pp: 295–298

Multiple-pulse thermal blooming and phase compensation

James R. Dunphy and David C. Smith  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 67, Issue 3, pp. 295-298 (1977)

View Full Text Article

Acrobat PDF (521 KB)

Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools



Recent experimental measurements of nonlinear, multiple-pulse propagation are presented. Long atmospheric paths were simulated by laboratory scale instrumentation. Blooming was examined as a function of pulse overlap. Observed peak target intensities decreased as the pulse repetition frequency increased and as the effective transverse wind decreased. Theoretical predictions from two computer codes are shown to be consistent with the measurements. A significant fraction of the induced beam distortions were corrected by phase compensation with a deformable mirror.

© 1977 the Optical Society of America

James R. Dunphy and David C. Smith , "Multiple-pulse thermal blooming and phase compensation," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 67, 295-298 (1977)

Sort:  Author  |  Year  |  Journal  |  Reset


  1. J. Wallace and J. Q. Lilly, "Thermal blooming of repetitively pulsed laser beams," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 64, 1651–1655 (1974).
  2. A. H. Aitken, J. N. Hayes, and P. B. Ulrich, "Thermal blooming of pulsed focused Gaussian laser beams," Appl. Opt. 12, 193–197 (1973).
  3. D. C. Smith, "Overview of laser radiation induced gas breakdown," paper presented at the First DoD Conference on High Energy Laser Technology San Diego, Calif., October 1974 (unpublished).
  4. J. Wallace and J. Pasciak, "Compensating for thermal blooming of repetitively pulsed lasers," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 65, 1257–1260 (1975).
  5. P. B. Ulrich, Naval Research Laboratories, Washington, D. C. (private communication).
  6. J. Q. Lilly, "Simplified calculation of laser beam propagation through the atmosphere," Technical Report RH-76-9, U. S. Army Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, January 1976 (unpublished).
  7. F. G. Gebhardt, "Experimental demonstration of the use of phase correction to reduce thermal blooming" (unpublished).

Cited By

Alert me when this paper is cited

OSA is able to provide readers links to articles that cite this paper by participating in CrossRef's Cited-By Linking service. CrossRef includes content from more than 3000 publishers and societies. In addition to listing OSA journal articles that cite this paper, citing articles from other participating publishers will also be listed.

« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited