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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 3 — Feb. 1, 2010
  • pp: 2753–2759

Conical refraction Nd:KGd(WO4)2 laser

Amin Abdolvand, Keith G. Wilcox, Todor K. Kalkandjiev, and Edik U. Rafailov  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 3, pp. 2753-2759 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.18.002753


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Abstract

In 1832 Hamilton predicted conical refraction, concluding that if a beam propagates along an optic axis of a biaxial crystal, a hollow cone of light will emerge. Nearly two centuries on, cascade conical refraction involving multiple crystals has not been investigated. We empirically investigate a unique two-crystal configuration, and use this to demonstrate an ultra-efficient conical refraction Nd:KGd(WO4)2 laser providing multi-watt output with excellent beam quality independent of resonator design with a slope efficiency close to the theoretical maximum, offering a new route for power and brightness-scaling in solid-state bulk lasers.

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OCIS Codes
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(260.0260) Physical optics : Physical optics
(260.1180) Physical optics : Crystal optics

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: October 8, 2009
Revised Manuscript: December 23, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: December 23, 2009
Published: January 26, 2010

Citation
Amin Abdolvand, Keith G. Wilcox, Todor K. Kalkandjiev, and Edik U. Rafailov, "Conical refraction Nd:KGd(WO4)2 laser," Opt. Express 18, 2753-2759 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-18-3-2753


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