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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 11, Iss. 16 — Aug. 11, 2003
  • pp: 1942–1948

Single-element laser beam shaper for uniform flat-top profiles

S. Zhang, G. Neil, and M. Shinn  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 11, Issue 16, pp. 1942-1948 (2003)

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A novel design method is presented for a simple laser beam shaper. Unlike earlier reports and designs based on the 2-element model, we prove it is possible to convert a laser beam from a non-uniform profile to a uniform flat-top distribution with one single aspherical lens.

© 2003 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.3300) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam shaping
(220.2740) Optical design and fabrication : Geometric optical design

ToC Category:
Research Papers

Original Manuscript: May 27, 2003
Revised Manuscript: July 24, 2003
Published: August 11, 2003

S. Zhang, G. Neil, and M. Shinn, "Single-element laser beam shaper for uniform flat-top profiles," Opt. Express 11, 1942-1948 (2003)

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