Abstract

We have examined Fried’s suggestion that an initially square high-power laser beam will experience significantly less thermal blooming than a round beam. In almost every case of interest the computer results were the opposite of what he suggested, indicating the importance, and rather unintuitive nature, of diffraction.

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