OSA's Digital Library

Applied Optics

Applied Optics


  • Vol. 41, Iss. 27 — Sep. 20, 2002
  • pp: 5625–5631

Stability analysis of a diode-pumped, thermal birefringence-compensated two-rod Nd:YAG laser with 770-W output power

Sungman Lee, Mijeong Yun, Byung Heon Cha, Cheol Joong Kim, Sungsoo Suk, and Hyun Su Kim  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 41, Issue 27, pp. 5625-5631 (2002)

View Full Text Article

Enhanced HTML    Acrobat PDF (1274 KB)

Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools



Using a ray matrix method, we analyze theoretically how the r and θ polarizations affect the resonator stability condition of two laser heads with or without thermal birefringence compensation. The resonator stability condition is analyzed graphically for a plane–parallel and a concave–concave resonator. The maximum range of stable region is found for both the short and the long cavity. The characteristics of the laser output power are confirmed experimentally in association with the resonator stability condition. The laser output power of 776 W is obtained with the optical-to-optical efficiency of 45% for a plane–parallel resonator with a short crystal separation.

© 2002 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.3410) Lasers and laser optics : Laser resonators
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.3530) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, neodymium

Original Manuscript: January 2, 2002
Revised Manuscript: July 2, 2002
Published: September 20, 2002

Sungman Lee, Mijeong Yun, Byung Heon Cha, Cheol Joong Kim, Sungsoo Suk, and Hyun Su Kim, "Stability analysis of a diode-pumped, thermal birefringence-compensated two-rod Nd:YAG laser with 770-W output power," Appl. Opt. 41, 5625-5631 (2002)

Sort:  Author  |  Year  |  Journal  |  Reset  


  1. Y. Akiyama, M. Sasaki, H. Yuasa, N. Nishida, “Efficient high-power diode-pumped Nd:YAG rod laser,” in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics/Pacific Rim, Vol. 1 of 2001 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2001), pp. 558–559.
  2. K. Yasui, “Efficient and stable operation of a high-brightness cw 500-W Nd:YAG rod laser,” Appl. Opt. 35, 2566–2569 (1996). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  3. K. P. Driedger, R. M. Iffländer, H. Weber, “Multirod resonators for high-power solid-state lasers with improved beam quality,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 665–674 (1988). [CrossRef]
  4. S. Lee, M. Yun, H. S. Kim, B. H. Cha, S. Suk, “Output power and polarization characteristics for a diode side-pumped Nd:YAG laser with a diffusive optical pump cavity,” Appl. Opt. 41, 1082–1088 (2002). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  5. S. Lee, S. K. Kim, M. Yun, H. S. Kim, B. H. Cha, H. J. Moon, “Design and fabrication of a diode side-pumped efficient Nd:YAG laser with a diffusive optical cavity for the laser output power of 500 W,” Appl. Opt. 41, 1089–1094 (2002). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  6. W. Koechner, Solid-State Laser Engineering, 4th ed. (Springer, Berlin, 1996), Chap. 7, 398–402.
  7. V. Mezenov, L. N. Soms, A. I. Stepanov, Thermooptics of Solid-State Lasers (Mashinostroenie, Leningrad, 1986).
  8. L. N. Somes, A. A. Tarasov, V. V. Shashkin, “On the problem of depolarization of linearly polarized light by a YAG:Nd+3 laser rod under conditions of thermally induced birefringence,” Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 10, 350–351 (1980). [CrossRef]

Cited By

Alert me when this paper is cited

OSA is able to provide readers links to articles that cite this paper by participating in CrossRef's Cited-By Linking service. CrossRef includes content from more than 3000 publishers and societies. In addition to listing OSA journal articles that cite this paper, citing articles from other participating publishers will also be listed.

« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited