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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 2 — Jan. 15, 2006
  • pp: 217–219

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Adaptive control of laser modal properties

V. Quetschke, J. Gleason, M. Rakhmanov, J. Lee, L. Zhang, K. Yoshiki Franzen, C. Leidel, G. Mueller, R. Amin, D. B. Tanner, and D. H. Reitze  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 2, pp. 217-219 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.31.000217


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Abstract

An adaptive optical system for precise control of a laser beam’s mode structure has been developed. The system uses a dynamic lens based on controlled optical path deformation in a dichroic optical element that is heated with an auxiliary laser. Our method is essentially aberration free, has high dynamic range, and can be implemented with high average power laser beams where other adaptive optics methods fail. A quantitative model agrees well with our experimental data and demonstrates the potential of our method as a mode-matching and beam-shaping element for future large-scale gravitational wave detectors.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1080) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Active or adaptive optics
(140.3300) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam shaping
(350.6830) Other areas of optics : Thermal lensing

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Citation
V. Quetschke, J. Gleason, M. Rakhmanov, J. Lee, L. Zhang, K. Yoshiki Franzen, C. Leidel, G. Mueller, R. Amin, D. B. Tanner, and D. H. Reitze, "Adaptive control of laser modal properties," Opt. Lett. 31, 217-219 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-31-2-217

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