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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 13 — Jun. 23, 2008
  • pp: 9850–9856

Optical aberrations in a spinning pipe gas lens

Cosmas Mafusire, Andrew Forbes, Max M. Michaelis, and Glen C. Snedden  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 13, pp. 9850-9856 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.16.009850


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Abstract

If a heated pipe is rotated about its axis, a density gradient is formed which results in the pipe acting as a graded index lens. In this study we revisit the concept of a spinning pipe gas lens and for the first time analyse both the wave propagation of optical fields through the lens, and determine the optical aberrations introduced by the lens to the laser beam. We show that such lenses are highly aberrated, thus having a deleterious effect on the laser beam quality.

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OCIS Codes
(010.7350) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Wave-front sensing
(220.1010) Optical design and fabrication : Aberrations (global)
(350.5340) Other areas of optics : Photothermal effects

ToC Category:
Geometrical optics

History
Original Manuscript: May 15, 2008
Revised Manuscript: June 11, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: June 13, 2008
Published: June 20, 2008

Citation
Cosmas Mafusire, Andrew Forbes, Max M. Michaelis, and Glen C. Snedden, "Optical aberrations in a spinning pipe gas lens," Opt. Express 16, 9850-9856 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-16-13-9850


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