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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 41, Iss. 6 — Feb. 20, 2002
  • pp: 1082–1088

Output power and polarization characteristics for a diode-side-pumped Nd:YAG rod laser with a diffusive optical pump cavity

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


Applied Optics, Vol. 41, Issue 6, pp. 1082-1088 (2002)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.41.001082


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Abstract

We fabricated and analyzed the output power and polarization characteristics of an efficient diode- side-pumped Nd:YAG rod laser with a diffusive optical cavity. The resonator stability conditions are analyzed graphically in the symmetric and asymmetric configurations for a plane-parallel resonator. On the basis of an analysis of the stability condition and mode size for the r and θ polarizations, we clarify how the stable laser operation is possible for various resonator configurations. In particular, we show that the critical stability region of around g1*g2* = 0 provides a stable resonator in the symmetric resonator, even with a slight asymmetry. Experimentally, the output power and polarization characteristics are confirmed in association with the resonator stability condition.

© 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

History
Original Manuscript: March 29, 2001
Revised Manuscript: November 2, 2001
Published: February 20, 2002

Citation
Sungman Lee, Mijeong Yun, Hyun Su Kim, Byung Heon Cha, and Sungsoo Suk, "Output power and polarization characteristics for a diode-side-pumped Nd:YAG rod laser with a diffusive optical pump cavity," Appl. Opt. 41, 1082-1088 (2002)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-41-6-1082

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