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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 39, Iss. 24 — Aug. 20, 2000
  • pp: 4333–4337

Compact and efficient Nd:YVO4 laser that generates a tunable single-frequency green output

Graham J. Friel, Alan J. Kemp, Tanya K. Lake, and Bruce D. Sinclair  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 39, Issue 24, pp. 4333-4337 (2000)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.39.004333


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Abstract

We demonstrate 250 mW of single-frequency 532-nm output from a simple intracavity-doubled Nd:YVO4 laser, pumped with 1.2 W from a fiber-coupled diode laser. The laser can be frequency chirped smoothly over ∼17 GHz while maintaining a single-frequency green output of greater than 200 mW. A short Fabry–Perot cavity is used, and single-frequency operation is enforced by means of a birefringent filter that utilizes the birefringence of both the KTP doubling crystal and the Nd:YVO4 laser crystal with polarization-dependent loss from a glass Brewster plate combined with polarization-dependent gain from the laser crystal.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.3530) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, neodymium
(140.3570) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, single-mode
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.7300) Lasers and laser optics : Visible lasers

History
Original Manuscript: March 20, 2000
Revised Manuscript: May 25, 2000
Published: August 20, 2000

Citation
Graham J. Friel, Alan J. Kemp, Tanya K. Lake, and Bruce D. Sinclair, "Compact and efficient Nd:YVO4 laser that generates a tunable single-frequency green output," Appl. Opt. 39, 4333-4337 (2000)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-39-24-4333

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