A special type of resonator with an intracavity wide-aperture active mirror was built, and a concave spherical bimorph active corrector was investigated. An increase of laser beam quality by a factor of 2–2.5 was achieved in a multimode regime of laser generation with an intracavity-controlled mirror. It was shown that various radiation mode structures could be formed at the laser output and in the far-field zone.
© 1996 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: April 10, 1995
Revised Manuscript: October 3, 1995
Published: May 20, 1996
Tatyana Yu. Cherezova, Leonid N. Kaptsov, and Alexis V. Kudryashov, "Cw industrial rod YAG:Nd3+ laser with an intracavity active bimorph mirror," Appl. Opt. 35, 2554-2561 (1996)