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Slab-based Faraday isolators and Faraday mirrors for 10-kW average laser power

Efim A. Khazanov  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 43, Issue 9, pp. 1907-1913 (2004)

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It is shown that the use of slabs instead of rods makes it possible to fabricate Faraday isolators and Faraday mirrors operating at a multikilowatt power. Analytical dependences of thermally induced depolarization in Faraday devices on radiation power and on slab aspect ratio have been obtained.

© 2004 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.6810) Lasers and laser optics : Thermal effects
(230.2240) Optical devices : Faraday effect

Original Manuscript: June 20, 2003
Revised Manuscript: December 8, 2003
Published: March 20, 2004

Efim A. Khazanov, "Slab-based Faraday isolators and Faraday mirrors for 10-kW average laser power," Appl. Opt. 43, 1907-1913 (2004)

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