Measurement of thermal focal length
with M2 in solid state lasers

Weiling Huang, Ying Gao, Hailin Wang, Zhouyou Zhou
Huanzhong University of Science and Technology
Wuhan, Hubei 430074 China

Yihong Chen
Gintic Institute of Manufacturing Technology
71 Nanyang Dr Singapore 638075


Based on the analysis of two conventional methods to determine the focal length of a thermal lens, a new method is proposed in which the beam quality of the probe beam in lasing material is taken into account. An exact formula to calculate the thermal focal length is given and its validity is confirmed by experiments.

Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 3862 Industrial Lasers (1999), 199-204

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