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  • Vol. 38, Iss. 24 — Aug. 20, 1999
  • pp: 5144–5148

Passive FM laser operation and the stability of intracavity-doubled lasers

Douglas W. Anthon  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 38, Issue 24, pp. 5144-5148 (1999)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.38.005144


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Abstract

A time-domain description of second-harmonic generation and steady-state spatial hole burning is used to model the performance of multimode intracavity-doubled lasers, avoiding some of the approximations implicit in rate equation models. Stable operation is predicted at the points of maximum power extraction, corresponding to passively locked FM laser operation, where the lack of amplitude modulation minimizes the nonlinear output coupling and the longitudinal-mode structure minimizes spatial hole burning. The laser intensity spectrum, predicted by this passive FM laser model, closely matches reported experimental results.

© 1999 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.3540) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, Q-switched
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(190.2620) Nonlinear optics : Harmonic generation and mixing

History
Original Manuscript: December 11, 1998
Revised Manuscript: May 3, 1999
Published: August 20, 1999

Citation
Douglas W. Anthon, "Passive FM laser operation and the stability of intracavity-doubled lasers," Appl. Opt. 38, 5144-5148 (1999)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-38-24-5144

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