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  • Vol. 14, Iss. 8 — Apr. 15, 1989
  • pp: 381–383

Measurement of the wave front of a pulsed dye laser using an integrated-optics sensor with 200-nsec temporal resolution

R. H. Rediker, B. G. Zollars, T. A. Lind, R. E. Hatch, and B. E. Burke  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 14, Issue 8, pp. 381-383 (1989)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.14.000381


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Abstract

We report the use of an integrated-optics wave-front measurement sensor to measure with 200-nsec temporal resolution the phase and intensity at the aperture of a high-power (3.5-MW peak power) flash-lamp-pumped pulsed dye laser. The measurements reveal large fluctuations of the dye-laser wave front during the 2-μsec duration of the laser pulse. The fluctuations and the resulting poor beam quality are attributed to inhomogeneous heating of the dye during the pulse. These high-temporal-resolution measurements, which are not possible with other state-of-the-art wave-front analyzers, explain the previously measured poor beam quality of the laser.

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History
Original Manuscript: September 13, 1988
Manuscript Accepted: February 3, 1989
Published: April 15, 1989

Citation
R. H. Rediker, B. G. Zollars, T. A. Lind, R. E. Hatch, and B. E. Burke, "Measurement of the wave front of a pulsed dye laser using an integrated-optics sensor with 200-nsec temporal resolution," Opt. Lett. 14, 381-383 (1989)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-14-8-381


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