Thermal blooming

Thermal blooming is an atmospheric effect, seen in high energy laser beams.[1] It is the result of the nonlinear interaction of laser radiation with the propagation medium, usually air, which is heated by the absorption of a fraction of the radiation. The amount of energy absorbed is a function of the laser wavelength. The term "thermal blooming" is often used to describe any type of self-induced "thermal distortion" of laser radiation.

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  1. Lukin, V.P.; Fortes, B.V. (2002). Adaptive Beaming and Imaging in the Turbulent Atmosphere. SPIE Press monograph. SPIE Press. p. 107. ISBN 978-0-8194-4337-3. Retrieved September 5, 2017.

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