Abstract

We report numerical and experimental results obtained with an optical setup that simulates the heating and cooling processes expected in a multi-slab high-average-power laser head. We have tested the performance of an adaptive optics system consisting of a photo-controlled deformable mirror (PCDM) and a Shack–Hartmann wavefront sensor for the effective correction of the generated wavefront aberrations. The performance of the adaptive optics system is characterized for different layouts of the actuator array and for different configurations of the heating mechanisms. The numerical results are benchmarked using a PCDM, which allowed us to experimentally compare the performances of different deformable mirrors.

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