Measuring laser beam quality, wavefronts, and lens aberrations using ptychography
We report on an approach for quantitative characterization of laser beam quality, wavefronts, and lens aberrations using ptychography with a near-infrared supercontinuum laser. Ptychography is shown to offer a powerful alternative for both beam propagation ratio M2 and wavefront measurements compared with existing techniques. In addition, ptychography is used to recover the transmission function of a microlens array for aberration analysis. The results demonstrate ptychography’s flexibility in wavefront metrology and optical shop testing.