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Abstract

In this paper we discuss certain aspects concerning the transport and focusing of a high power far IR laser beam into a plasma for Thomson scattering measurements. To attain the required megawatt power level in a D-2O laser, it is important to use efficiently the volume of the optically pumped vapour. The best known method to achieve this is use of an unstable resonator which produces a beam with an annular intensity profile. This has a negative effect on the quality of the focused beam and on the intensity profile incident on the beam dump. A system utilizing a Cassegrainian telescope and spatial filtering techniques is found to be a good solution.

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Authors: SIEGRIST M R, CENTRE DE RECHERCHES EN PHYSIQUE DES PLASMAS, ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE (SWITZERLAND);KJELBERG I, CENTRE DE RECHERCHES EN PHYSIQUE DES PLASMAS, ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE (SWITZERLAND);BEHN R CENTRE DE RECHERCHES EN PHYSIQUE DES PLASMAS, ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE (SWITZERLAND), CENTRE DE RECHERCHES EN PHYSIQUE DES PLASMAS, ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE (SWITZERLAND)
Bibliographic Reference: APPLIED OPTICS, VOL 22 (1983), PP. 1318-1324
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