Laser Beam Analysis, Propagation, and Spatial Shaping Techniques
Tuesday, 7 May
Exhibit Hall Theater II
The propagation and focusing properties of real laser beams are greatly influenced by spatial beam shape, phase distortions, degree of coherence, polarization, and aperture truncation effects. The ability to understand, predict, and correct these real-world effects is essential to modern optical engineering. Attendees of this session will be introduced to a variety of techniques for measuring and quantifying the important characteristics of real laser beams, be able to calculate the effects of these characteristics on optical system performance, and explore a variety of spatial beam shaping techniques to optimize specific optical systems.
James Leger, University of Minnesota, USA
James Leger is the Cymer Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Minnesota. His previous work at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and current research concerns diffractive and microoptics applied to lasers and electro-optic systems, and the design of exotic imaging systems. Prof. Leger is a fellow of OSA, IEEE, and SPIE, and winner of the 1998 OSA Fraunhofer award. He is also a member of the academy of distinguished teachers. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Optics Express and has previously served in the Director at Large position on the OSA Board of Directors.