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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry M. Van Driel
  • Vol. 24, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 2007
  • pp: 2279–2286

Effects of thermally induced aberrations on radially and azimuthally polarized beams

Yaakov Lumer, Inon Moshe, Avi Meir, Yotam Paiken, Galina Machavariani, and Steven Jackel  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 24, Issue 9, pp. 2279-2286 (2007)

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We investigate the radial and azimuthal polarization degradation in high-power lasers induced by thermal aberrations. Thermal and propagation simulations, supported by measurements, show that thermally induced wavefront aberrations can strongly affect the polarization. Depolarization induced by primary aberrations and high-order azimuthal aberrations that arise in high-power rod-based lasers was analyzed along the beam propagation axis. Implications for pump-chamber design and amplifier architecture, in order to eliminate the depolarization effect, are discussed.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.6810) Lasers and laser optics : Thermal effects
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: February 8, 2007
Revised Manuscript: June 10, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: June 14, 2007
Published: August 20, 2007

Yaakov Lumer, Inon Moshe, Avi Meir, Yotam Paiken, Galina Machavariani, and Steven Jackel, "Effects of thermally induced aberrations on radially and azimuthally polarized beams," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 24, 2279-2286 (2007)

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