Accurate high magnification of small aperture laser beams
Date Announced: 08 Feb 2024
An artifact suppression method developed by Optical Surfaces Ltd. has enabled them to accurately magnify small aperture laser beams using a 30x reflective beam expander.
Accurate high magnification of small aperture laser beams has traditionally been a challenge because the optics associated with such a beam expander are difficult to test using an optical interferometer. This is because small aperture laser beams, when highly magnified, generate artifacts within the interferometer making it extremely hard to distinguish and analyse what are true errors and what are artificial errors. In conjunction with a customer, Optical Surfaces developed a novel method that suppresses these interferometer artefacts.
Incorporating high precision off-axis mirrors which have constant focal lengths, regardless of the wavelength of light being focused, the new 30x reflective beam expander has been demonstrated to precisely and accurately magnify a 2mm diameter laser beam. Advantageously, unlike lens-based beam expanders, this new high magnification reflective beam expander can be used with collimated polychromatic light without the need of fine focus adjustment. Manufactured to better than lambda/5 transmitted wavefront accuracy, this novel high magnification reflective beam expander produces no central obscuration and highly efficient transmission is obtained, unspoilt by diffraction patterns.
Supplied housed in a robust aluminium cover – the high magnification reflective beam expander comes with provision for secure fixing to an optical table. Alignment aids are provided to ensure correct beam pointing and tracking during integration.
For further information on artifact-free high magnification of small laser beams please contact Optical Surfaces Ltd. on +44-208-668-6126 or find out more here