Abstract

Beam alignment is used to control the pointing, rotation, and position of a beam automatically. We give an overview of the beam alignment system for a four-pass amplifier system. The coupling relationships between dependent quantities and deviations thereof for parameters of key optical elements are analyzed using matrix optics techniques. The rotation characteristics of a near field are discussed. The characteristics of the four-pass adjustment in the cavity spatial filter are shown and the output characteristics are provided. Finally, we develop an adjustment procedure.

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