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  • Vol. 41, Iss. 9 — Mar. 20, 2002
  • pp: 1677–1684

Experimental Investigation of Saturable Gain-Guided Modes

Ognian Denchev, Stoyan Kurtev, and Plamen Petrov  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 41, Issue 9, pp. 1677-1684 (2002)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.41.001677


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Abstract

Hermite-Gaussian modes in geometrically unconfined resonators with a four-level system saturable gain guide inside are experimentally observed and proved. The gain guide was formed with a polished cylindrical surface low-concentration Nd:YAG rod exposed to isotropic pump radiation. The connection of the mode scaling factor with the system parameters is compared with the theory. The abilities of the recently established gain-saturation guiding mechanism to support the generation of beams with wide tops and rapidly decreasing intensity in the wings are also experimentally proved. Application areas for saturable gain guiding are briefly discussed.

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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

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Ognian Denchev, Stoyan Kurtev, and Plamen Petrov, "Experimental Investigation of Saturable Gain-Guided Modes," Appl. Opt. 41, 1677-1684 (2002)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-41-9-1677


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