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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

Journal of the Optical Society of America B

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  • Vol. 18, Iss. 12 — Dec. 1, 2001
  • pp: 1793–1804

Observation of transverse modes in a microchip laser with combined gain and index guiding

N. J. van Druten, S. S. R. Oemrawsingh, Y. Lien, C. Serrat, M. P. van Exter, and J. P. Woerdman  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 18, Issue 12, pp. 1793-1804 (2001)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.18.001793


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Abstract

The transverse-mode profiles for a plano–concave Nd:YVO4 microchip laser near threshold are examined, both experimentally and theoretically, and in both the near and the far field. We study in particular the transition from dominant quadratic index guiding to dominant gain guiding. The modal profiles change dramatically in this transition, and the agreement between experiment and the theoretical model is excellent.

© 2001 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(140.3410) Lasers and laser optics : Laser resonators
(140.3530) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, neodymium
(140.4780) Lasers and laser optics : Optical resonators
(140.5680) Lasers and laser optics : Rare earth and transition metal solid-state lasers
(230.7370) Optical devices : Waveguides

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N. J. van Druten, S. S. R. Oemrawsingh, Y. Lien, C. Serrat, M. P. van Exter, and J. P. Woerdman, "Observation of transverse modes in a microchip laser with combined gain and index guiding," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 18, 1793-1804 (2001)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-18-12-1793

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