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  • Vol. 18, Iss. 6 — Jun. 1, 2001
  • pp: 780–784

Resonant diffraction losses in solid-state monomode lasers

Mehdi Alouini, Albert Le Floch, Marc Vallet, Marc Brunel, Guy Ropars, and Fabien Bretenaker  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 18, Issue 6, pp. 780-784 (2001)

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The mechanism of resonant diffraction in solid-state lasers is theoretically investigated and experimentally isolated. It consists in a variation of the diffraction losses of a laser with the laser frequency, which is induced by a frequency-dependent saturation lenslike effect that occurs in the active medium. It is shown that this mechanism can lead to peculiar variations in the laser slope efficiency. The diffracted-light spectroscopy technique permits these variations to be connected with the calculated saturation lenslike effects in a diode end-pumped Er,Yb:glass laser.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1940) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction
(140.3410) Lasers and laser optics : Laser resonators
(140.3500) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, erbium
(140.3570) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, single-mode
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state

Mehdi Alouini, Albert Le Floch, Marc Vallet, Marc Brunel, Guy Ropars, and Fabien Bretenaker, "Resonant diffraction losses in solid-state monomode lasers," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 18, 780-784 (2001)

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