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  • Vol. 61, Iss. 6 — Jun. 1, 1971
  • pp: 758–766

Birefringence of YAG: Nd Laser Rods as a Function of Growth Direction

W. KOECHNER and D. K. RICE  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA, Vol. 61, Issue 6, pp. 758-766 (1971)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSA.61.000758


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Abstract

The thermally induced stress birefringence has been known to affect severely the performance of a solidstate-laser system when the beam is linearly polarized. This study analyzes the birefringence as a function of the YAG :Nd rod-axis orientation; this investigation illustrates the angular dependence of birefringence for directions other than the [111] crystal direction and describes the losses for various rod-axis and polarizer orientations.

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W. KOECHNER and D. K. RICE, "Birefringence of YAG: Nd Laser Rods as a Function of Growth Direction," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 61, 758-766 (1971)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josa/abstract.cfm?URI=josa-61-6-758

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