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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 13, Iss. 25 — Dec. 12, 2005
  • pp: 10145–10156

Simulation of the extraction of near diffraction limited Gaussian beams from side pumped core doped ceramic Nd:YAG and conventional laser rods

Martin Ostermeyer and Ingo Brandenburg  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 25, pp. 10145-10156 (2005)

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The application of the recently developed core doped ceramic Nd:YAG rods has the potential to provide better beam qualities compared to conventional rods since the hard aperture of the rod’s boundary can be made wider while the width of the gain region remains the same. Thus, beam truncation and consequential diffraction can be reduced. We apply a finite elements model to calculate the resulting refractive index profiles in conventional and core doped rods. Propagating a Gaussian beam through both rod geometries the impact of aberrations and diffraction is compared for different side pumped scenarios. The potential advantage of the core doped geometry is discussed.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.6810) Lasers and laser optics : Thermal effects

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Martin Ostermeyer and Ingo Brandenburg, "Simulation of the extraction of near diffraction limited Gaussian beams from side pumped core doped ceramic Nd:YAG and conventional laser rods," Opt. Express 13, 10145-10156 (2005)

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