The output of a laser-diode-pumped Nd:YAG laser with an intravcavity-doubling crystal exhibits large-amplitude fluctuations and longitudinal-mode instabilities. The results of an experimental and theoretical investigation of these instabilities are described. The instabilities arise from coupling of the longitudinal modes of the laser oscillator by sum-frequency generation in the nonlinear crystal. A rate-equation theory of a multilongitudinal-mode laser oscillator with an intracavity-doubling crystal is presented that includes terms modeling the sum-frequency and frequency-doubling processes.
© 1986 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: December 20, 1985
Manuscript Accepted: May 6, 1986
Published: September 1, 1986
T. Baer, "Large-amplitude fluctuations due to longitudinal mode coupling in diode-pumped intracavity-doubled Nd:YAG lasers," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 3, 1175-1180 (1986)