3 February 2015 Simulations of far-field optical beam quality influenced by the thermal distortion of the secondary mirror for high-power laser system
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Proceedings Volume 9255, XX International Symposium on High-Power Laser Systems and Applications 2014; 92553G (2015) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2065465
Event: XX International Symposium on High Power Laser Systems and Applications, 2014, Chengdu, China
Abstract
In order to research the influence on the beam quality due to thermal deformation of the secondary mirror in the high power laser system, the theoretical simulation study is performed. Firstly, three typical laser power 10kW, 50kW and 100kW with the wavelength 1.064μm are selected to analyze thermal deformation of mirror through the finite element analyze of thermodynamics instantaneous method. Then the wavefront aberration can be calculated by ray-tracing theory. Finally, focus spot radius,beam quality (BQ) of far-filed beam can be calculated and comparably analyzed by Fresnel diffraction integration. The simulation results show that with the increasing laser power, the optical aberration of beam director gets worse, the far-field optical beam quality decrease, which makes the laser focus spot broadening and the peak optical intensity of center decreasing dramatically. Comparing the clamping ring and the three-point clamping, the former is better than the latter because the former only induces the rotation symmetric deformation and the latter introduces additional astigmatism. The far-field optical beam quality can be improved partly by simply adjusting the distance between the main mirror and the secondary mirror. But the far-field power density is still the one tenth as that without the heat distortion of secondary mirror. These results can also provide the reference to the thermal aberration analyze for high power laser system and can be applied to the field of laser communication system and laser weapon etc.
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Ruhai Guo, Ruhai Guo, Ning Chen, Ning Chen, Xinyu Zhuang, Xinyu Zhuang, Bing Wang, Bing Wang, } "Simulations of far-field optical beam quality influenced by the thermal distortion of the secondary mirror for high-power laser system", Proc. SPIE 9255, XX International Symposium on High-Power Laser Systems and Applications 2014, 92553G (3 February 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2065465; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2065465
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