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  • Vol. 40, Iss. 15 — May. 20, 2001
  • pp: 2468–2474

Versatile, compact, TEM00-mode resonator for side-pumped single-rod solid-state lasers

Renzhong Hua, Satoshi Wada, and Hideo Tashiro  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 40, Issue 15, pp. 2468-2474 (2001)

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We propose the use of an auxiliary lens or mirror to design a compact dynamically stable resonator for single-rod lasers. It was found that an intracavity divergent element (divergent lens or convex mirror) is suitable for obtaining a large TEM00-mode volume, whereas a convergent one renders the resonator insensitive to mechanical misalignment. A reliable and compact dynamically stable resonator can be designed conveniently by use of such characteristics. Both three- and four-element resonators were designed and tested with a laser-diode side-pumped Nd:YAG laser.

© 2001 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.3410) Lasers and laser optics : Laser resonators
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.4780) Lasers and laser optics : Optical resonators
(140.6810) Lasers and laser optics : Thermal effects

Original Manuscript: June 25, 2000
Revised Manuscript: January 26, 2001
Published: May 20, 2001

Renzhong Hua, Satoshi Wada, and Hideo Tashiro, "Versatile, compact, TEM00-mode resonator for side-pumped single-rod solid-state lasers," Appl. Opt. 40, 2468-2474 (2001)

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