14 September 1998 Thermal blooming in NPLs
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Proceedings Volume 3343, High-Power Laser Ablation; (1998) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.321511
Event: High-Power Laser Ablation, 1998, Santa Fe, NM, United States
Nuclear-pumped lasers (NPLs) potentially offer an attractive method for high power laser applications such as a space power beaming. However, thermal gradients created by the pumping of the ion medium are producing a dynamic thermal blooming which must be understood and controlled for accurate beam control and focusing. In this paper, basic experimental studies of blooming under a variety of conditions are presented. It is shown that one promising approach for reducing the effect is to employ a combined volume-wall pumping technique.
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Maria Petra, George H. Miley, "Thermal blooming in NPLs", Proc. SPIE 3343, High-Power Laser Ablation, (14 September 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.321511; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.321511

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