A novel configuration for a multirod solid-state laser system is proposed. We stabilize the thermal-lens-dependent variation in the output-beam parameters by extracting the laser beam from the collimating point of periodic beam propagation. The performance is confirmed with a 100-W class diode-pumped Nd:YAG laser-amplifier system to demonstrate tenfold stabilization of the output-beam diameter.
© 2002 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: May 3, 2002
Revised Manuscript: August 27, 2002
Published: December 20, 2002
Susumu Konno, Tetsuo Kojima, Shuichi Fujikawa, and Koji Yasui, "Automatic output-beam-collimating configuration for high-average-power multirod resonator–amplifier systems," Appl. Opt. 41, 7569-7572 (2002)