Vol. 6, issue 04, article # 7

pdf Karasev V. V., Konyaev Yu. A., Sazanovich V. M., Tsvyk R. Sh. Variation of refractive index in a zone of high-power laser beam action. // Atmospheric and oceanic optics. 1993. V. 6. No. 04. P. 386-391.
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A technique is proposed for determining the integral variation of the refractive index in a zone of action of high-power optical radiation by shifts of an image of a sensing beam source, when the beam crosses the active zone at some angle with respect to its axis. Some experimental data on the refractive index measured at a windless part of a path were obtained and compared with the calculational data. It is shown that under certain meteorological condition a nonlinear thermal lens formed at the input part of the path determines the distortions of a high-power radiation in the focusing region at the far end of the path.