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  • Vol. 44, Iss. 2 — Jan. 10, 2005
  • pp: 282–288

High-energy, high-average-power laser with Nd:YLF rods corrected by magnetorheological finishing

Vincent Bagnoud, Mark J. Guardalben, Jason Puth, Jonathan D. Zuegel, Ted Mooney, and Paul Dumas  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 44, Issue 2, pp. 282-288 (2005)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.44.000282


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Abstract

A high-energy, high-average-power laser system, optimized to efficiently pump a high-performance optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifier at 527 nm, has been demonstrated. The crystal large-aperture ring amplifier employs two flash-lamp-pumped, 25.4-mm-diameter Nd:YLF rods. The transmitted wave front of these rods is corrected by magnetorheological finishing to achieve nearly diffraction-limited output performance with frequency-doubled pulse energies up to 1.8 J at 5 Hz.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.3280) Lasers and laser optics : Laser amplifiers
(140.3530) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, neodymium
(140.3560) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, ring
(160.3380) Materials : Laser materials
(160.5690) Materials : Rare-earth-doped materials
(220.5450) Optical design and fabrication : Polishing

History
Original Manuscript: July 1, 2004
Revised Manuscript: September 7, 2004
Manuscript Accepted: September 7, 2004
Published: January 10, 2005

Citation
Vincent Bagnoud, Mark J. Guardalben, Jason Puth, Jonathan D. Zuegel, Ted Mooney, and Paul Dumas, "High-energy, high-average-power laser with Nd:YLF rods corrected by magnetorheological finishing," Appl. Opt. 44, 282-288 (2005)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-44-2-282


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