Abstract

A complete complex amplitude reconstruction method for the determination of the laser beam quality factor M2 based on the multiple exposure of a quadriwave lateral shearing interferometer (QWLSI) is presented. The theoretical analysis and simulation of the influence of the information in the small signal area on the calculation of the M2 factor is provided. The experimental results demonstrate that the new method can be an accurate means to measure the M2 factor. The proposed method can avoid the influence of phase inaccuracy in the small signal area of the interferogram, during the measurement of the M2 factor.

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