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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 48, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 2009
  • pp: 106–113

Continuous-wave theory of Yb:YAG end-pumped thin-disk lasers

Ahmad Khayat Jafari and Mehdi Aas  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 48, Issue 1, pp. 106-113 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.48.000106


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Abstract

The fundamental principles of the operation of a thin-disk laser are presented. We derived equations from a set of coupled rate equations that predict that the characteristics of a laser are affected by the Boltzmann occupation factors of the pump and the laser states simultaneously. The model is used to investigate the influence of the effective parameters on the operational efficiency of an end-pumped Yb:YAG disk laser. Based on our results, we examined laser output power as a function of output coupler reflectivity, crystal thickness or doping concentration, number of the pump beam passes, and temperature.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3430) Lasers and laser optics : Laser theory
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: May 5, 2008
Revised Manuscript: November 2, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: November 14, 2008
Published: December 19, 2008

Citation
Ahmad Khayat Jafari and Mehdi Aas, "Continuous-wave theory of Yb:YAG end-pumped thin-disk lasers," Appl. Opt. 48, 106-113 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-48-1-106

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