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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 20 — Oct. 2, 2006
  • pp: 9250–9260

Intracavity diamond heatspreaders in lasers: the effects of birefringence

Francesco van Loon, Alan J. Kemp, Alexander J. Maclean, Stephane Calvez, John-Mark Hopkins, Jennifer E. Hastie, Martin D. Dawson, and David Burns  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 20, pp. 9250-9260 (2006)

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The birefringence of a number of commercially-available diamond platelets is assessed in the context of their use for intracavity thermal management in lasers. Although diamond is normally thought of as isotropic, significant birefringence is found to be present in some samples, with considerable variation from batch to batch, and in some cases across an individual sample. Nonetheless, low-loss operation is achieved in a laser cavity containing a Brewster element, either by rotating the sample or by using a diamond platelet with low birefringence.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.6810) Lasers and laser optics : Thermal effects
(160.6840) Materials : Thermo-optical materials

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: July 27, 2006
Revised Manuscript: September 1, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: September 21, 2006
Published: October 2, 2006

Francesco van Loon, Alan J. Kemp, Alexander J. Maclean, Stephane Calvez, John-Mark Hopkins, Jennifer E. Hastie, Martin D. Dawson, and David Burns, "Intracavity diamond heatspreaders in lasers: the effects of birefringence," Opt. Express 14, 9250-9260 (2006)

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