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Atmospheric thermal lensing in laser resonators

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4 Author(s)
Barnes, N.P. ; NASA Langley Res. Center, Hampton, VA, USA ; Thomas, M.E. ; Koch, G.J. ; Marsh, W.D.

Atmospheric absorption degrades laser performance both by absorbing laser energy within the laser resonator, which increases the loss, and by inducing a thermal lens in the atmosphere. Atmospheric thermal lensing can be quite severe, even when the absorption coefficient is quite modest. A model is developed which describes atmospheric thermal lensing; time constants, which are associated with the establishment and decay of the atmospheric thermal lens, are determined; experiments are performed using an injection seeded Ti:Al 2O3 laser tuned to the H2O absorption lines near 0.815 μm to validate the model; dependence of the atmospheric thermal lens on the laser energy and absorption coefficient were measured and found to agree with the model. In addition, the decay of the atmospheric thermal lens with time was measured and also found to agree with the model predictions

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Quantum Electronics, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:31 ,  Issue: 5 )