We have developed a method of computational simulation and estimation of thermo-optical distortions in solid-state laser rods, electro-optic shutters, and modulators, considering real heat-transfer conditions, anisotropic material properties, and an arbitrary cross-section shape of the element. Numerical investigations for Nd:YAG laser rods and potassium dihydrogen phosphate electro-optic shutters have been carried out, new results have been obtained, and known analytical solutions have been corrected.
© 1993 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: December 4, 1991
Published: September 20, 1993
Vladimir Parfenov, Vladimir Shashkin, and Eugene Stepanov, "Numerical investigation of thermally induced birefringence in optical elements of solid-state lasers," Appl. Opt. 32, 5243-5255 (1993)