Description: The first part of this paper briefly describes the optics code used at Los Alamos National Laboratory to do optical analyses of various components of a free electron laser. The body of the paper then discusses the recent results in modeling low frequency gratings and ripple on the surfaces of liquid-cooled mirrors. The ripple is caused by structural/thermal effects in the mirror surface due to heating by optical absorption in high power resonators. Of interest is how much ripple can be permitted before diffractive losses or optical mode distortions become unacceptable. Preliminary work is presented involving classical diffraction problems to support the ripple study. The limitations of the techniques are discussed and the results are compared to experimental results where available.
Date: January 1, 1987
Creator: Knapp, C.E.; Viswanathan, V.K.; Appert, Q.D.; Bender, S.C. & McVey, B.D.
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