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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 19 — Sep. 12, 2011
  • pp: 18302–18309

Generation of radially polarized beams based on thermal analysis of a working cavity

Guangyuan He, Jing Guo, Biao Wang, and Zhongxing Jiao  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 19, pp. 18302-18309 (2011)

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The laser oscillation and polarization behavior of a side-pumped Nd:YAG laser are studied theoretically and experimentally by a thermal model for a working cavity. We use this model along with the Magni method, which gives a new stability diagram, to show important characteristics of the resonator. High-power radially and azimuthally polarized laser beams are obtained with a Nd:YAG module in a plano-plano cavity. Special regions and thermal hysteresis loops are observed in the experiments, which are concordant with the theoretical predictions.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3410) Lasers and laser optics : Laser resonators
(140.3530) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, neodymium
(140.6810) Lasers and laser optics : Thermal effects
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: July 27, 2011
Revised Manuscript: August 20, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: August 22, 2011
Published: September 2, 2011

Guangyuan He, Jing Guo, Biao Wang, and Zhongxing Jiao, "Generation of radially polarized beams based on thermal analysis of a working cavity," Opt. Express 19, 18302-18309 (2011)

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