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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 45, Iss. 14 — May. 10, 2006
  • pp: 3340–3351

Zigzag slabs for solid-state laser amplifiers: batch fabrication and parasitic oscillation suppression

Arun Kumar Sridharan, Shailendhar Saraf, Supriyo Sinha, and Robert L. Byer  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 45, Issue 14, pp. 3340-3351 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.45.003340


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Abstract

We have developed a 100   W class Nd:YAG master oscillator power amplifier system based in part on an end-pumped zigzag slab power amplifier. This amplifier incorporates parasitic oscillation suppression by using roughened edges and achieves a small-signal gain coefficient ( g 0 l ) of 8.06. We describe a novel technique for suppression of parasitic oscillations using claddings on slab edges that significantly increases g 0 l to 11.63 and increases the single-pass extracted power in a power amplifier by 50 % . Commercial use of these zigzag slab amplifiers has been limited by the time and cost of production. We describe a new batch fabrication technique that improves the quality and significantly reduces the cost of zigzag slabs.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.3280) Lasers and laser optics : Laser amplifiers

History
Original Manuscript: September 30, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: October 30, 2005

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Arun Kumar Sridharan, Shailendhar Saraf, Supriyo Sinha, and Robert L. Byer, "Zigzag slabs for solid-state laser amplifiers: batch fabrication and parasitic oscillation suppression," Appl. Opt. 45, 3340-3351 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-45-14-3340


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