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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 14 — Jul. 6, 2009
  • pp: 12057–12069

Reduction of the time-to-full-brightness in solid-state lasers using intra-cavity adaptive optics

Walter Lubeigt, Mike Griffith, Leslie Laycock, and David Burns  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 14, pp. 12057-12069 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.17.012057


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Abstract

Several adaptive-optics techniques, based on the active modification of the optical properties of the laser cavity, were used to significantly reduce the time-to-full-brightness of solid-state lasers. Resonator re-configuration was achieved using a mechanical translation stage and both multi- and single-element deformable bimorph mirrors. Using these techniques the effects of thermally induced distortion in Nd:YLF and Nd:YAG lasers can be minimized and the warm-up time reduced by a factor of 3–6.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1080) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Active or adaptive optics
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.6810) Lasers and laser optics : Thermal effects

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: March 24, 2009
Revised Manuscript: June 5, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: June 7, 2009
Published: July 2, 2009

Citation
Walter Lubeigt, Mike Griffith, Leslie Laycock, and David Burns, "Reduction of the time-to-full-brightness in solid-state lasers using intra-cavity adaptive optics," Opt. Express 17, 12057-12069 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-17-14-12057


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