30 December 1981 Figures Of Merit For Short Wavelength Lasers
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Proceedings Volume 0288, Los Alamos Conf on Optics '81; (1981) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.932098
Event: Los Alamos Conference on Optics, 1981, Los Alamos, United States
In developing an appropriate figure of merit for short wavelength, high power lasers, due consideration must be given to the application of the laser. For most high-power applications, energy or power delivered into a given solid angle in the far field is a suitable criterion. Performance measures appropriate to imaging systems are too stringent for energy delivery systems, and place too much emphasis on phase perturbations. Using the concepts of intensity-weighted average quantities, developed by Talanov, we derive a formalism to describe aberrated beams. Three types of aberrations are identified: Seidel, periodic, and stochastic. We find that stochastic aberrations mimic diffraction in their effect, and are more important than diffraction at short wavelengths. Materials limitations on short wave-length laser performance are discussed.
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Alexander J. Glass, Alexander J. Glass, "Figures Of Merit For Short Wavelength Lasers", Proc. SPIE 0288, Los Alamos Conf on Optics '81, (30 December 1981); doi: 10.1117/12.932098; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.932098


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