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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 3 — Feb. 5, 2007
  • pp: 945–954

Experimental observations of dual-polarization oscillations in laser-diode-pumped wide-aperture thin-slice Nd:GdVO4 lasers

Jing-Yuan Ko, Chi-Ching Lin, Kenju Otsuka, Yoshihiko Miyasaka, Koji Kamikariya, Kana Nemoto, Ming-Chung Ho, and I-Min Jiang  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 3, pp. 945-954 (2007)

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Dual-polarization oscillations (DPO) on different transitions have been observed for the first time in a mirror-coated thin-slice Nd:GdVO4 laser possessing a large fluorescence anisotropy with laser-diode (LD) pumping. Oscillation spectra, input-output characteristics, pump-dependent pattern formations and noise power spectra are studied experimentally. Simultaneous oscillations of orthogonally-polarized different (higher-order) transverse modes and the resultant violation of inherent antiphase dynamics in multimode lasers have been demonstrated. The experimental results have been explained in terms of the reduced three-dimensional cross-saturation of population inversions among orthogonally-polarized modes peculiar to LD-pumped wide-aperture anisotropic lasers, in which a pumped area is larger than a lasing beam diameter.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.6810) Lasers and laser optics : Thermal effects
(190.4420) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, transverse effects in
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: December 11, 2006
Revised Manuscript: January 18, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: January 25, 2007
Published: February 5, 2007

Jing-Yuan Ko, Chi-Ching Lin, Kenju Otsuka, Yoshihiko Miyasaka, Koji Kamikariya, Kana Nemoto, Ming-Chung Ho, and I-Min Jiang, "Experimental Observations of Dual-Polarization Oscillations in Laser-Diode-Pumped Wide-Aperture Thin-Slice Nd:GdVO4 Lasers," Opt. Express 15, 945-954 (2007)

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