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  • Vol. 44, Iss. 6 — Feb. 20, 2005
  • pp: 1018–1027

Numerical simulation of a high-average-power diode-pumped ytterbium-doped YAG laser with an unstable cavity and a super-Gaussian mirror

Gilbert L. Bourdet  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 44, Issue 6, pp. 1018-1027 (2005)

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A numerical technique with which to compute the output characteristics of a solid-state laser with an unstable cavity and a super-Gaussian coupling mirror is proposed. This technique is applied to an Yb:YAG actively Q-switched laser. With this formalism, the mode formation for the fundamental mode is analyzed and the performance achievable by such a laser for various cavity parameters is determined. Then the results obtained with such a cavity are compared with those given for a stable cavity with graded phase output mirror that is also used for obtaining super-Gaussian mode.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: April 26, 2004
Revised Manuscript: September 20, 2004
Manuscript Accepted: October 4, 2004
Published: February 20, 2005

Gilbert L. Bourdet, "Numerical simulation of a high-average-power diode-pumped ytterbium-doped YAG laser with an unstable cavity and a super-Gaussian mirror," Appl. Opt. 44, 1018-1027 (2005)

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