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Title: Interface module for transverse energy input to dye laser modules

An interface module for transverse energy input to dye laser modules is provided particularly for the purpose of delivering enhancing transverse energy beams in the form of illumination bar to the lasing zone of a dye laser device, in particular to a dye laser amplifier. The preferred interface module includes an optical fiber array having a plurality of optical fibers arrayed in a co-planar fashion with their distal ends receiving coherent laser energy from an enhancing laser source, and their proximal ends delivered into a relay structure. The proximal ends of the optical fibers are arrayed so as to be coplanar and to be aimed generally at a common point. The transverse energy beam array delivered from the optical fiber array is acted upon by an optical element array to produce an illumination bar which has a cross section in the form of a elongated rectangle at the position of the lasing window. The illumination bar is selected to have substantially uniform intensity throughout. 5 figs.
Inventors:
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Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
6816854
Assignee:
Dept. of Energy, Washington, DC (United States) PTO; EDB-94-168794
Patent Number(s):
US 5355387; A
Application Number:
PPN: US 8-194786
Contract Number:
W-7405-ENG-48
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 10 Feb 1994
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING; DYE LASERS; ENERGY TRANSFER; LASER RADIATION; LIGHT TRANSMISSION; OPTICAL FIBERS; POSITIONING; ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION; FIBERS; LASERS; LIQUID LASERS; RADIATIONS 426002* -- Engineering-- Lasers & Masers-- (1990-)