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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijin de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 9 — Apr. 30, 2007
  • pp: 5482–5493

Feasibility study of a conical-toroidal mirror resonator for solar-pumped thin-disk lasers

M. Endo  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 9, pp. 5482-5493 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.15.005482


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Abstract

An optical resonator that is suited to a large-scale, space-based solar-pumped solid-state lasers is proposed, and it is studied by numerical simulations. The resonator consists of a conical-toroidal reflector element on which a doughnut-shaped thin-disk active medium is set, and an output coupler. Unlike the ordinary thin-disk lasers, the optical ray of the proposed resonator passes the medium radially. With this arrangement, the resonator can enjoy the benefits of the thin-disk geometry, i. e., good thermal removability and low index gradient, while getting rid of the disadvantages of them as a solar-pumped laser, low round-trip gain and poor beam quality. The output power, beam quality, thermomechanical properties, and alignment stability of the proposed resonator combined with a Nd/Cr codoped GSGG is discussed.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.4780) Lasers and laser optics : Optical resonators
(230.7400) Optical devices : Waveguides, slab

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: February 16, 2007
Revised Manuscript: March 31, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: April 11, 2007
Published: April 20, 2007

Citation
M. Endo, "Feasibility study of a conical-toroidal mirror resonator for solar-pumped thin-disk lasers," Opt. Express 15, 5482-5493 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-15-9-5482


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