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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 45, Iss. 36 — Dec. 20, 2006
  • pp: 9198–9202

Temperature-independent lasers using output couplers with temperature-dependent reflectivity

Te-yuan Chung and Michael Bass  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 45, Issue 36, pp. 9198-9202 (2006)

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The temperature dependence of the reflectivity of volume Bragg grating mirrors is shown to determine the performance of a solid-state laser. Mirrors with reflectivities that vary with temperature are then considered that make the temperature-independent operation of Nd:YAG (and other) lasers possible.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.3530) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, neodymium
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.6810) Lasers and laser optics : Thermal effects

Original Manuscript: July 11, 2006
Revised Manuscript: August 17, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: August 18, 2006

Te-yuan Chung and Michael Bass, "Temperature-independent lasers using output couplers with temperature-dependent reflectivity," Appl. Opt. 45, 9198-9202 (2006)

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