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Opt Lett. 1991 May 1;16(9):690-2.

Variable attenuator for intense unpolarized laser beams.

Abstract

Utilization of polarizing optics for dynamic attenuation of intense unpolarized laser beams is reported. The new family of variable attenuator is composed of a retardation plate mounted between two identical polarization splitters placed in tandem. By varying the retardation, or by rotating the plate, the transmission is varied. These attenuators are characterized by a high transmission and a high optical damage threshold. A transmission dynamic range as large as 1 to 10(-5) is achievable with polarization splitters made of crystals such as sapphire. These attenuators are applicable in laser material processing and in Q switching of unpolarized lasers.

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