Abstract

The liquid crystal spatial light modulator (SLM) is an effective active beam-shaping device through adjusting each pixel transmittance to improve the spatial beam quality of the output laser, which can also be used as a binary optical element (BOE) with each pixel transmittance 0 or 1 to realize spatial beam shaping for high-power lasers. We present and demonstrate an efficient shaping method of the SLM used as BOE based on diffraction principle. The method can be used to control the output nearfield actively by compensating the spatial nonuniformity of transmission and amplification in the high-power laser system. Results show the output nearfield beam quality improves significantly after shaping by using this method with the fluence contrast changing from 22% to 11.3% within only two shots in the single-shot operation laser.

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