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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 11 — Jun. 2, 2014
  • pp: 13050–13062

Multipass laser cavity for efficient transverse illumination of an elongated volume

Jan Vogelsang, Marc Diepold, Aldo Antognini, Andreas Dax, Johannes Götzfried, Theodor W. Hänsch, Franz Kottmann, Julian J. Krauth, Yi-Wei Liu, Tobias Nebel, Francois Nez, Karsten Schuhmann, David Taqqu, and Randolf Pohl  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 11, pp. 13050-13062 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.22.013050


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Abstract

A multipass laser cavity is presented which can be used to illuminate an elongated volume from a transverse direction. The illuminated volume can also have a very large transverse cross section. Convenient access to the illuminated volume is granted. The multipass cavity is very robust against misalignment, and no active stabilization is needed. The scheme is suitable for example in beam experiments, where the beam path must not be blocked by a laser mirror, or if the illuminated volume must be very large. This cavity was used for the muonic-hydrogen experiment in which 6 μm laser light illuminated a volume of 7 × 25 × 176 mm3, using mirrors that are only 12 mm in height. We present our measurement of the intensity distribution inside the multipass cavity and show that this is in good agreement with our simulation.

© 2014 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(220.2740) Optical design and fabrication : Geometric optical design
(230.0230) Optical devices : Optical devices
(230.4040) Optical devices : Mirrors
(300.0300) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy
(080.4035) Geometric optics : Mirror system design

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: February 11, 2014
Revised Manuscript: April 22, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: April 23, 2014
Published: May 22, 2014

Citation
Jan Vogelsang, Marc Diepold, Aldo Antognini, Andreas Dax, Johannes Götzfried, Theodor W. Hänsch, Franz Kottmann, Julian J. Krauth, Yi-Wei Liu, Tobias Nebel, Francois Nez, Karsten Schuhmann, David Taqqu, and Randolf Pohl, "Multipass laser cavity for efficient transverse illumination of an elongated volume," Opt. Express 22, 13050-13062 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-22-11-13050


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