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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 5 — Mar. 5, 2007
  • pp: 2573–2584

Microchip-laser polarization control by destructive-interference resonant-grating mirror

F. Pigeon, J.C. Pommier, S. Reynaud, O. Parriaux, M. Abdou Ahmed, S. Tonchev, N. Landru, and J. P. Fève  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 5, pp. 2573-2584 (2007)

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An output coupler comprising a resonant grating submirror monolithically associated with a standard multilayer submirror polarizes the emission of a Nd:YAG microchip laser linearly over its full emission bandwidth by intra-mirror destructive interference for the undesired polarization. A polarization extinction ratio of more than 25 dB is obtained up to 6.1μJ pulse energy. This passively Q-switched laser performance is almost identical to that of a gratingless non-polarized microchip laser. The design and fabrication of the resonant grating mirror are described.

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OCIS Codes
(050.2770) Diffraction and gratings : Gratings
(140.3540) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, Q-switched
(230.4000) Optical devices : Microstructure fabrication
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(310.2790) Thin films : Guided waves

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: December 7, 2006
Revised Manuscript: January 19, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: January 20, 2007
Published: March 5, 2007

F. Pigeon, J. C. Pommier, S. Reynaud, O. Parriaux, M. Abdou Ahmed, S. Tonchev, N. Landru, and J. P. Fève, "Microchip-laser polarization control by destructive-interference resonant-grating mirror," Opt. Express 15, 2573-2584 (2007)

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