Abstract

Laser beam quality metrics like M2 can be used to describe the spot sizes and propagation behavior of a wide variety of non-ideal laser beams. However, for beams that have been diffracted by limiting apertures in the near-field, or those with unusual near-field profiles, the conventional metrics can lead to an inconsistent or incomplete description of far-field performance. This paper motivates an alternative laser beam quality definition that can be used with any beam. The approach uses a consideration of the intrinsic ability of a laser beam profile to heat a material. Comparisons are made with conventional beam quality metrics. An analysis on an asymmetric Gaussian beam is used to establish a connection with the invariant beam propagation ratio.

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2011 (1)

2010 (1)

J. M. Slater and B. Edwards, “Characterization of high power lasers,” Proc. SPIE7686, 76860W, 76860W-12 (2010).
[CrossRef]

1994 (1)

Y. Lu, “Square-shaped temperature distribution induced by a Gaussian-shaped laser beam,” Appl. Surf. Sci.81(3), 357–364 (1994).
[CrossRef]

1982 (1)

J. E. Moody and R. H. Hendel, “Temperature profiles induced by a scanning cw laser beam,” J. Appl. Phys.53(6), 4364–4371 (1982).
[CrossRef]

1980 (1)

Y. I. Nissim, A. Lietoila, R. B. Gold, and J. F. Gibbons, “Temperature distributions produced in semiconductors by a scanning elliptical or circular cw laser beam,” J. Appl. Phys.51(1), 274–279 (1980).
[CrossRef]

1978 (1)

M. Lax, “Temperature rise induced by a laser beam II. the nonlinear case,” Appl. Phys. Lett.33(8), 786–788 (1978).
[CrossRef]

1977 (1)

M. Lax, “Temperature rise induced by a laser beam,” J. Appl. Phys.48(9), 3919–3924 (1977).
[CrossRef]

Augst, S. J.

Edwards, B.

J. M. Slater and B. Edwards, “Characterization of high power lasers,” Proc. SPIE7686, 76860W, 76860W-12 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Fan, T. Y.

Gibbons, J. F.

Y. I. Nissim, A. Lietoila, R. B. Gold, and J. F. Gibbons, “Temperature distributions produced in semiconductors by a scanning elliptical or circular cw laser beam,” J. Appl. Phys.51(1), 274–279 (1980).
[CrossRef]

Gold, R. B.

Y. I. Nissim, A. Lietoila, R. B. Gold, and J. F. Gibbons, “Temperature distributions produced in semiconductors by a scanning elliptical or circular cw laser beam,” J. Appl. Phys.51(1), 274–279 (1980).
[CrossRef]

Goldizen, K. C.

Hendel, R. H.

J. E. Moody and R. H. Hendel, “Temperature profiles induced by a scanning cw laser beam,” J. Appl. Phys.53(6), 4364–4371 (1982).
[CrossRef]

Lax, M.

M. Lax, “Temperature rise induced by a laser beam II. the nonlinear case,” Appl. Phys. Lett.33(8), 786–788 (1978).
[CrossRef]

M. Lax, “Temperature rise induced by a laser beam,” J. Appl. Phys.48(9), 3919–3924 (1977).
[CrossRef]

Lietoila, A.

Y. I. Nissim, A. Lietoila, R. B. Gold, and J. F. Gibbons, “Temperature distributions produced in semiconductors by a scanning elliptical or circular cw laser beam,” J. Appl. Phys.51(1), 274–279 (1980).
[CrossRef]

Lu, Y.

Y. Lu, “Square-shaped temperature distribution induced by a Gaussian-shaped laser beam,” Appl. Surf. Sci.81(3), 357–364 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Moody, J. E.

J. E. Moody and R. H. Hendel, “Temperature profiles induced by a scanning cw laser beam,” J. Appl. Phys.53(6), 4364–4371 (1982).
[CrossRef]

Murphy, D. V.

Nissim, Y. I.

Y. I. Nissim, A. Lietoila, R. B. Gold, and J. F. Gibbons, “Temperature distributions produced in semiconductors by a scanning elliptical or circular cw laser beam,” J. Appl. Phys.51(1), 274–279 (1980).
[CrossRef]

Redmond, S. M.

Sanchez, A.

Slater, J. M.

J. M. Slater and B. Edwards, “Characterization of high power lasers,” Proc. SPIE7686, 76860W, 76860W-12 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Yu, C. X.

Appl. Phys. Lett. (1)

M. Lax, “Temperature rise induced by a laser beam II. the nonlinear case,” Appl. Phys. Lett.33(8), 786–788 (1978).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Surf. Sci. (1)

Y. Lu, “Square-shaped temperature distribution induced by a Gaussian-shaped laser beam,” Appl. Surf. Sci.81(3), 357–364 (1994).
[CrossRef]

J. Appl. Phys. (3)

Y. I. Nissim, A. Lietoila, R. B. Gold, and J. F. Gibbons, “Temperature distributions produced in semiconductors by a scanning elliptical or circular cw laser beam,” J. Appl. Phys.51(1), 274–279 (1980).
[CrossRef]

J. E. Moody and R. H. Hendel, “Temperature profiles induced by a scanning cw laser beam,” J. Appl. Phys.53(6), 4364–4371 (1982).
[CrossRef]

M. Lax, “Temperature rise induced by a laser beam,” J. Appl. Phys.48(9), 3919–3924 (1977).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (1)

Proc. SPIE (1)

J. M. Slater and B. Edwards, “Characterization of high power lasers,” Proc. SPIE7686, 76860W, 76860W-12 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Other (2)

International Standards Organization, “Lasers and laser-related equipment-test methods for laser beam widths, divergence angles and beam propagation ratios. part 2: general astigmatic beams,” Ref. ISO 11146–2:2005(E) (2005).

A. E. Siegman, “How to (maybe) measure laser beam quality,” in DPSS (Diode Pumped Solid State) Lasers: Applications and Issues, M. Dowley, ed., 17, OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics (OSA, 1998), paper MQ1.

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