Abstract

We propose and demonstrate a method for the measurement of the wavefronts of high-power diode laser beams with large dynamic ranges. Our wavefront sensor consists of a movable pinhole and a wavefront-slope detector. The measurement results show that the wavefront sensor exhibits a large dynamic range of π2 to π2 and a high precision on the measured average wavefront slope. The wavefronts of high-power diode laser beams having large divergence angles at arbitrary locations (including near and far fields) can be reconstructed via the wavefront measurement at a given location. The amplitude and phase distributions of a laser beam could be determined from the measured optical field data using diffraction theory. The experimental measurement of the wavefront of a 980nm diode laser beam will be presented and discussed.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

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