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  • Vol. 10, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 1993
  • pp: 1605–1609

Polarization switching in a microchip Nd:YAG laser using polarized feedback

P. Besnard, Xiaolin Jia, R. Dalgliesh, A. D. May, and G. Stéphan  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 10, Issue 9, pp. 1605-1609 (1993)

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Lasers that are almost optically isotropic may operate on more than one polarization mode. Here we report on the polarization states of microchip YAG lasers, their control by polarized feedback, and the dynamics of the polarization flips. Switching and polarization relaxation oscillations are observed, both of which are much faster than the inverse of the population decay rate.

© 1993 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: December 22, 1992
Revised Manuscript: April 5, 1993
Published: September 1, 1993

P. Besnard, G. Stéphan, Xiaolin Jia, R. Dalgliesh, and A. D. May, "Polarization switching in a microchip Nd:YAG laser using polarized feedback," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 10, 1605-1609 (1993)

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  11. This is at complete variance with the results given in Ref. 9. There, however, the laser was pumped near 800 nm and operated in two modes, presumably with polarization competition. Clearly such dramatic contrast between the two sets of observations invites further research.
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