Accession Number:

ADA023064

Title:

Laser Focal Shift Monitor.

Descriptive Note:

Memorandum rept.,

Corporate Author:

NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON D C

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1976-02-01

Pagination or Media Count:

8.0

Abstract:

A change in the collimation angle describing the overall beam divergence or convergence causes a corresponding change in the laser focal position. The collimation angle of a ray can be expressed in terms of the ratio alpha of its position to slope at the lens. Changes in beam collimation delta alpha can be accurately determined by passing the beam through an apertured mask and recording its image at a distant location. For a plano-convex lens of thickness t and refractive index n, the focal shift is given by delta f f tn squareddelta alpha. Shifts of a few micrometers can be measured when the distance between mask and image is sufficiently large.

Subject Categories:

  • Lasers and Masers
  • Fusion Devices (Thermonuclear)
  • Optics
  • Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE