Pilot beam

A pilot beam is a Gaussian beam of essentially constant ­diameter over a particular ­working range A and is ­attain­able using fine ­adjustment.

Determining the pilot beam working range and position of the beam waist

Pilot beam optical scheme

Beam path of the pilot beam exiting a single-mode fiber with angled connector FC APC.

The maximum working range A of a pilot beam is limited because of diffraction: 


where Øbeam is the collimated beam diameter.

The optimum position of the beam waist is defined as distance A2.