Fixed beam orientation

Scott Prahl

Mar 2022

Because of their resonators, most lasers emit stigmatic or simple astigmatic beams. In this case, the fast and slow axes are fixed and do not change with axial position. Consequently, fixing the rotation angle when analyzing such experiments is handy.

The way that laserbeamsize analyzes the beam is by finding its center, diameters, and rotation ϕ from the image. Then the region of interest is reduced to a rectangle 3X the diameters and rotated by ϕ. This ROI is analyzed compared with the previous value until the diameters converge to a constant value.

If the rotation ϕ is specified, the process is exactly the same except the rotation angle never changes.

A couple of examples are given in this notebook.

import imageio
import numpy as np
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

    import laserbeamsize as lbs

except ModuleNotFoundError:
    print('laserbeamsize is not installed. To install, uncomment and run the cell above.')
    print('Once installation is successful, rerun this cell again.')

pixel_size_µm = 3.75          # pixel size in microns for the camera
repo = ""

A square beam

Let’s start with the default parameters for beam_size. The rotated fit that we see is somewhat surprising because our brains automatically recognize the square image and assign axes to it. However, if you look at the cross-sections, then the fits are quite good.

beam_color = imageio.imread(repo + "astigmatic_beam.tif")
beam = beam_color[250:750,500:1000,0]


What happens when we force the fast axis to be vertical? In this case, we get an excellent fit to the fast axis but a mediocre one along the slow axis.


Analyzing a beam at multiple locations with fixed rotation

Here is a TEM01 beam that is rotated. First we will look at an analysis using the defaults. Then we will find the average rotation in all the images. Finally, we will do an analysis using the average value.

lambda0 = 632.8e-9 # meters
z10 = np.array([247,251,259,266,281,292])*1e-3 # image location in meters
filenames = [repo + "sb_%.0fmm_10.pgm" % (number*1e3) for number in z10]

# the 12-bit pixel images are stored in high-order bits in 16-bit values
tem10 = [imageio.imread(name)>>4 for name in filenames]

# remove top to eliminate artifact
for i in range(len(z10)):
    tem10[i] = tem10[i][200:,:]
# find beam in all the images and create arrays of beam diameters
options = {'pixel_size': 3.75, 'units': "µm", 'crop': [1400,1400], 'z':z10}
dy, dx= lbs.beam_size_montage(tem10, **options)  # dy and dx in microns
# find the average rotation

allphi = np.array([])

for im in tem10:
    xc, yc, dx, dy, phi = lbs.beam_size(im)
    allphi = np.append(allphi,phi)

allphi = np.degrees(allphi)

print("%.1f±%.1f°" % (np.mean(allphi),np.std(allphi)))

Now just use this average angle for all fast and slow axis calculations

options = {'pixel_size': 3.75, 'units': "µm", 'crop': [1400,1400], 'z':z10, 'phi':np.radians(39)}
dy, dx= lbs.beam_size_montage(tem10, **options)  # dy and dx in microns