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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 8 — Apr. 17, 2006
  • pp: 3304–3311

Radially polarized ring and arc beams of a neodymium laser with an intra-cavity axicon

J.-F. Bisson, J. Li, K. Ueda, and Yu. Senatsky  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 8, pp. 3304-3311 (2006)

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Placing a Brewster-angle axicon inside a laser resonator makes it possible to produce a radially-polarized (RP) oscillation pattern distributed on a thin ring or a portion of a ring. Laser-diode end-pumped, Nd:Y3Al5O12 and Nd:YVO4 lasers were studied. Spatially coherent RP beams distributed on circular arcs were obtained with a polarization contrast ratio up to 80:1. Incoherent RP outputs on a full ring were also produced with a polarization contrast ratio of about 5:1. Applications of these beams to increase absorption efficiency in laser-matter interaction are discussed.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3410) Lasers and laser optics : Laser resonators
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.5680) Lasers and laser optics : Rare earth and transition metal solid-state lasers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: January 31, 2006
Revised Manuscript: April 3, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: April 4, 2006
Published: April 17, 2006

J.- F. Bisson, J. Li, K. Ueda, and Yu. Senatsky, "Radially polarized ring and arc beams of a neodymium laser with an intra-cavity axicon," Opt. Express 14, 3304-3311 (2006)

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