Abstract

The vector Kirchhoff approach to thermal lensing in solids is investigated. The relation of the thermal rise in the sample to the optics of lensing is elucidated. Various analytical results and series representations for the transmitted intensity are derived for the case of Gaussian beams incident on circular samples, in various special limits. An expression for the time-dependent shift in the diffraction focus is obtained. Numerical computations illustrating lensing effects both at small times and in the steady state are presented. Effects of stress-induced birefringence, including the oscillation of the maximum intensity and diffraction focus as a function of time, are illustrated. Similar effects are also shown to occur when the incident power or sample thickness is varied, for solids characterized by large stress-induced contributions.

© 1973 Optical Society of America

Full Article  |  PDF Article

References

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Citation lists with outbound citation links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Cited By

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Cited by links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Figures (7)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Figure files are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Tables (1)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Article tables are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Equations (36)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Equations are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Metrics

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Article level metrics are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription