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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 49, Iss. 9 — Mar. 20, 2010
  • pp: 1636–1642

Simulation and experimental results of kaleidoscope homogenizers for longitudinal diode pumping

Eric Bartnicki and Gilbert L. Bourdet  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 49, Issue 9, pp. 1636-1642 (2010)

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With the goal to set a homogenizer to allow coupling of a stack of diodes with a disk amplifier medium for a longitudinally pumped laser or amplifier, we report simulation and experimental results on homogenization of the light supplied by a large stack of diodes. We investigate various kaleidoscope cross-section shapes and various optical coupling configurations.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.5560) Lasers and laser optics : Pumping

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: December 2, 2009
Revised Manuscript: January 26, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: February 5, 2010
Published: March 15, 2010

Eric Bartnicki and Gilbert L. Bourdet, "Simulation and experimental results of kaleidoscope homogenizers for longitudinal diode pumping," Appl. Opt. 49, 1636-1642 (2010)

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