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Giant pulse ruby laser and a holographic system for laser parameter measurement Jones, Douglas Wayne

Abstract

Three areas concerning a giant pulse ruby laser are dealt with in this work. First, the semi-classical theory of a giant pulse ruby laser utilizing a saturable absorber Q-switch is developed. Second, a novel holographic system for measuring various laser parameters of the giant pulse ruby laser is discussed in detail from a theoretical point of view. Third, a description is given of the experimental apparatus constructed, including l) a giant pulse ruby laser, 2) two laser radiation detectors, 3) a laser beam expansion and alignment system, and 4) the holographic system mentioned above.

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