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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 5 — Mar. 2, 2009
  • pp: 3771–3776

A self-tunable Titanium Sapphire laser by rotating a set of parallel plates of active material

Ignacio Iparraguirre, Jon Azkargorta, Joaquín Fernández, Rolindes Balda, Teresa del Río Gaztelurrutia, M. Asunción Illarramendi, and Ibon Aramburu  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 5, pp. 3771-3776 (2009)

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In a recent work, the authors reported the experimental demonstration of wavelength tuning in a single birefringent plate of Ti:sapphire crystal based on its own birefringence properties. In that device, the thickness of the active plate, limited by the width of the single order tuning spectral region, imposed a strong constraint in the power performance of the laser. The aim of this work is to overcome this limitation by using a set of several identical birefringent plates so that the wavelength tuning of the laser is obtained by synchronously rotating the plates in their own plane. A discussion about the laser performance is presented.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3590) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, titanium
(160.1190) Materials : Anisotropic optical materials

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: November 19, 2008
Revised Manuscript: December 30, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: December 31, 2008
Published: February 25, 2009

Ignacio Iparraguirre, Jon Azkargorta, Joaquín Fernandez, Rolindes Balda, Teresa del Río Gaztelurrutia, M. Asunción Illarramendi, and Ibon Aramburu, "A self-tunable Titanium Sapphire laser by rotating a set of parallel plates of active material," Opt. Express 17, 3771-3776 (2009)

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