Monte Carlo Least-Squares Fitting of the Beam Propagation Factor M2x
M.B. Alsous, M. Almezel and M. Alnezami
Department of Physics, Atomic Energy Commission, P.O. Box 6091, Damascus, Syria
Received: February 19, 2013; In final form: July 17, 2013
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A new method for M2 least-squares fitting using Monte Carlo technique is introduced. The laser beam parameters and the propagation factor M2 are calculated according to the ISO 11146. The initial values of the fitted parameters are analytically calculated and simple relations are given. These relations use three experimental points of the laser beam at different positions. The Monte Carlo fitting algorithm converged rapidly for all the tested beam. The M2 value of a diode pumped Nd:YVO4 laser was optimized. The best M2 value was 1.08. This optimization was done by changing the pump spot size at the laser crystal. The best overlapping between the pump spot size and the TEM00 mode dimension resulted in the best M2 value.

DOI: 10.12693/APhysPolA.124.673
PACS numbers: 42.60.Jf, 42.55.Xi