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  • Vol. 31, Iss. 9 — Mar. 20, 1992
  • pp: 1314–1317

Transient thermal-lensing effects on the performance of repetitively pulsed solid-state lasers

David H. Stone and Matthew D. Rotondaro  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 31, Issue 9, pp. 1314-1317 (1992)

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A computational model was developed to predict solid-state laser performance in the start-up transient regime of a repetitive pulse operation. Laser output in this regime is sensitive to the interaction of rate-equation, thermal-transport, and beam-propagation effects. A high-repetition-rate operation produces pulse trains that decay at a rate determined by the competition between energy deposition in the rod and surface cooling. Selected pulses in a train turn on and off as the repetition rate is increased because of the varying residual population inversion between pulses.

© 1992 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: February 4, 1991
Published: March 20, 1992

David H. Stone and Matthew D. Rotondaro, "Transient thermal-lensing effects on the performance of repetitively pulsed solid-state lasers," Appl. Opt. 31, 1314-1317 (1992)

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