3 years ago

Passive alignment stability and auto-alignment of multipass amplifiers based on Fourier transforms.

Karsten Schuhmann, Klaus Kirch, Andreas Knecht, Miroslaw Marszalek, Francois Nez, Jonas Nuber, Randolf Pohl, Ivo Schulthess, Laura Sinkunaite, Manuel Zeyen, Aldo Antognini

The stability properties of Fourier-based multipass amplifier to misalignments (tilts) of its optical components has been investigated. For this purpose, a method to quantify the sensitivity to tilts based on the amplifier small signal gain has been elaborated and compared with measurements. To improve on the tilt stability by more than an order of magnitude a simple auto-alignment system has been proposed and tested. This study, combined with other investigations devoted to the stability of the output beam to variations of aperture and thermal lens effects of the active medium, qualifies the Fourier-based amplifier for the high-energy and the high-power sector.

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1901.02769

DOI: arXiv:1901.02769v1

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