Journal of the European Optical Society - Rapid publications, Vol 5 (2010)

Simulation and fabrication of active laser mirrors

M. Knopf, M. Haenle, R. Boerret, A. Kelm


Common laser mirrors made of copper for high power applications in metal working have to be cooled in order to minimize thermal deformations. This paper presents a new approach: The principal idea is to use metal-coated mirrors made of silicon carbide (SiC) and to preheat them. The mirror surface shall be manufactured so that the induced heat deforms it to the ideal form. Simulations concerning the thermal behavior prove the feasibility of the idea. The simulations are verified by interferometric measurement during heating.

© The Authors. All rights reserved. [DOI: 10.2971/jeos.2010.10005]

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