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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 3 — Jan. 31, 2011
  • pp: 2456–2465

Control of solid-state lasers using an intra-cavity MEMS micromirror

Walter Lubeigt, Joao Gomes, Gordon Brown, Andrew Kelly, Vasili Savitski, Deepak Uttamchandani, and David Burns  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 3, pp. 2456-2465 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.002456


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Abstract

High reflectivity, electrothermal and electrostatic MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) micromirrors were used as a control element within a Nd-doped laser cavity. Stable continuous-wave oscillation of a 3-mirror Nd:YLF laser at a maximum output power of 200mW was limited by thermally-induced surface deformation of the micromirror. An electrostatic micromirror was used to induce Q-switching, resulting in pulse durations of 220ns - 2μs over a repetition frequency range of 6kHz - 40kHz.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3540) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, Q-switched
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: December 8, 2010
Revised Manuscript: January 14, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: January 18, 2011
Published: January 25, 2011

Citation
Walter Lubeigt, Joao Gomes, Gordon Brown, Andrew Kelly, Vasili Savitski, Deepak Uttamchandani, and David Burns, "Control of solid-state lasers using an intra-cavity MEMS micromirror," Opt. Express 19, 2456-2465 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-3-2456


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