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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 46, Iss. 30 — Oct. 20, 2007
  • pp: 7552–7565

Yb:YAG master oscillator power amplifier for remote wind sensing

A. K. Sridharan, S. Saraf, and R. L. Byer  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 46, Issue 30, pp. 7552-7565 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.46.007552


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Abstract

We have demonstrated key advances towards a solid-state laser amplifier at 1.03 μm for global remote wind sensing. We designed end-pumped zig-zag slab amplifiers to achieve high gain. We overcame parasitic oscillation limitations using claddings on the slab's total internal reflection (TIR) and edge surfaces to confine the pump and signal light by TIR and allow leakage of amplified spontaneous emission rays that do not meet the TIR condition. This enables e 3 , e 5 , and e 8 single-, double-, and quadruple-pass small-signal amplifier gain, respectively. The stored energy density is 15.6 J / c m 3 , a record for a laser-diode end-pumped Yb:YAG zig-zag slab amplifier.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(140.3280) Lasers and laser optics : Laser amplifiers
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.3538) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, pulsed
(140.3615) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, ytterbium

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: April 26, 2007
Revised Manuscript: July 27, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: July 29, 2007
Published: October 18, 2007

Citation
A. K. Sridharan, S. Saraf, and R. L. Byer, "Yb:YAG master oscillator power amplifier for remote wind sensing," Appl. Opt. 46, 7552-7565 (2007)
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