We have observed accurate correction of laser-induced thermal blooming by optical phase conjugation. The thermal blooming produced up to a 36-fold increase in the far-field spot diameter and up to a 60-fold decrease in the far-field peak intensity. Stimulated Brillouin scattering was used as the phase-conjugate mirror with a reflectivity of 35% to 65%. A previously published theory regarding phase-conjugate correction of intensity-dependent aberrations suggested that nonunity reflectivity would adversely affect the phase conjugate’s ability to compensate for thermal blooming. We found no evidence of this being the case.
© 1989 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: February 6, 1989
Manuscript Accepted: May 23, 1989
Published: August 15, 1989
Charles J. Wetterer, Lee P. Schelonka, and Mark A. Kramer, "Correction of thermal blooming by optical phase conjugation," Opt. Lett. 14, 874-876 (1989)