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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

Journal of the Optical Society of America B

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  • Editor: Henry Van Driel
  • Vol. 26, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 2009
  • pp: 26–35

Scaling of thin-disk lasers—influence of amplified spontaneous emission

Jochen Speiser  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 26, Issue 1, pp. 26-35 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.26.000026


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Abstract

For the thin-disk laser the increased amplification of spontaneous emission for larger disks limits the scalability. An analytical model of the influence of the amplified spontaneous emission on the effective lifetime of the excited ions is developed and with this model optimized parameters for the minimization of the lifetime reduction are found. It is shown that output powers up to the megawatt level are achievable with a single disk, but with disk dimensions far beyond the actual technical limits. The model is also used to evaluate the limits of achievable energy.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3430) Lasers and laser optics : Laser theory
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: June 26, 2008
Revised Manuscript: September 23, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: October 17, 2008
Published: December 12, 2008

Citation
Jochen Speiser, "Scaling of thin-disk lasers—influence of amplified spontaneous emission," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 26, 26-35 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-26-1-26

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