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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 41, Iss. 18 — Jun. 20, 2002
  • pp: 3634–3637

Laser operation with two orthogonally polarized transverse modes

Ram Oron, Liran Shimshi, Shmuel Blit, Nir Davidson, Asher A. Friesem, and Erez Hasman  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 41, Issue 18, pp. 3634-3637 (2002)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.41.003634


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Abstract

Laser resonator configurations, which enable laser operation with two orthogonally polarized transverse modes, are presented. The intensity distributions of these two modes can be chosen to be complementary, so the gain medium can be exploited more efficiently than with a single mode, leading to improved output power. Moreover, the two modes can be combined and efficiently transformed into a single high-quality beam. Basic principles and experimental results with Nd:YAG lasers are presented.

© 2002 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.3300) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam shaping
(140.3410) Lasers and laser optics : Laser resonators
(140.3570) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, single-mode
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

History
Original Manuscript: August 31, 2001
Revised Manuscript: February 21, 2002
Published: June 20, 2002

Citation
Ram Oron, Liran Shimshi, Shmuel Blit, Nir Davidson, Asher A. Friesem, and Erez Hasman, "Laser operation with two orthogonally polarized transverse modes," Appl. Opt. 41, 3634-3637 (2002)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-41-18-3634

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