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Journal of the Optical Society of America A


  • Editor: Stephen A. Burns
  • Vol. 24, Iss. 3 — Mar. 1, 2007
  • pp: 659–668

Wavefront distortion of the reflected and diffracted beams produced by the thermoelastic deformation of a diffraction grating heated by a Gaussian laser beam

Patrick P. Lu, Amber L. Bullington, Peter Beyersdorf, Stefan Traeger, Justin Mansell, Ray Beausoleil, Eric K. Gustafson, Robert L. Byer, and Martin M. Fejer  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 24, Issue 3, pp. 659-668 (2007)

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It may be advantageous in advanced gravitational-wave detectors to replace conventional beam splitters and Fabry–Perot input mirrors with diffractive elements. In each of these applications, the wavefront distortions produced by the absorption and subsequent heating of the grating can limit the maximum useful optical power. We present data on the wavefront distortions induced in a laser probe beam for both the reflected and diffracted beams from a grating that is heated by a Gaussian laser beam and compare these results to a simple theory of the wavefront distortions induced by thermoelastic deformations.

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OCIS Codes
(000.2780) General : Gravity
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(120.6810) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Thermal effects

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

Original Manuscript: April 20, 2006
Revised Manuscript: September 13, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: September 18, 2006
Published: February 14, 2007

Patrick P. Lu, Amber L. Bullington, Peter Beyersdorf, Stefan Traeger, Justin Mansell, Ray Beausoleil, Eric K. Gustafson, Robert L. Byer, and Martin M. Fejer, "Wavefront distortion of the reflected and diffracted beams produced by the thermoelastic deformation of a diffraction grating heated by a Gaussian laser beam," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 24, 659-668 (2007)

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