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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 12, Iss. 24 — Nov. 29, 2004
  • pp: 5922–5930

Characterisation of nonlinear conversion and crystal quality in Nd- and Yb-doped YAB

Peter Dekker and Judith M. Dawes  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 12, Issue 24, pp. 5922-5930 (2004)

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Variable crystal quality affects the laser performance of many self-frequency doubling crystals, particularly those of the yttrium aluminum borate family. In this report we characterize nonlinear frequency conversion in Yb:YAB and demonstrate a simple non-destructive technique for measuring crystal quality. By imaging the nonlinear conversion using a CCD camera we observe phase matching characteristics similar to that obtained in quasi-phase-matched crystals. These effects are attributed to stacking faults in the structure of the YAB crystal during crystal growth. We believe that such defects cause the large variability in self-doubled performance reported for Nd- or Yb-doped YAB and that our technique may be used as a nondestructive measurement of crystal quality.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3380) Lasers and laser optics : Laser materials
(190.2620) Nonlinear optics : Harmonic generation and mixing

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Original Manuscript: October 27, 2004
Revised Manuscript: November 14, 2004
Published: November 29, 2004

Peter Dekker and Judith Dawes, "Characterisation of nonlinear conversion and crystal quality in Nd- and Yb-doped YAB," Opt. Express 12, 5922-5930 (2004)

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