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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 4 — Feb. 13, 2012
  • pp: 4024–4031

Single-layer resonant-waveguide grating for polarization and wavelength selection in Yb:YAG thin-disk lasers

Moritz M. Vogel, Martin Rumpel, Birgit Weichelt, Andreas Voss, Matthias Haefner, Christof Pruss, Wolfgang Osten, Marwan Abdou Ahmed, and Thomas Graf  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 4, pp. 4024-4031 (2012)

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A single-layer resonant-waveguide grating consisting of a sub-wavelength grating coupler etched into a waveguide is proposed in order to achieve high polarization and high spectral selectivity inside an Yb:YAG thin-disk laser resonator. The designed structure was fabricated with the help of a Lloyd’s-mirror interference lithography setup followed by reactive ion beam etching down to the desired grating groove depth. The wavelength and polarization dependent reflectivity is measured and compared to the design results. The behaviour of the device at higher temperatures is also investigated in the present work. The device is introduced as the end mirror of an Yb:YAG thin-disk laser cavity. Output powers of up to 123 W with a spectral bandwidth of about 0.5 nm (FWHM) is demonstrated in a multimode configuration (M2~6). In fundamental-mode operation (TEM00 with M2~1.1) 70 W of power with a spectral bandwidth of about 20 pm have been obtained. Moreover, the degree of linear polarization was measured to be higher than 99% for both multimode and fundamental mode operation.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings
(220.3740) Optical design and fabrication : Lithography
(220.4000) Optical design and fabrication : Microstructure fabrication
(140.3615) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, ytterbium
(050.6624) Diffraction and gratings : Subwavelength structures
(130.5440) Integrated optics : Polarization-selective devices

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: December 2, 2011
Revised Manuscript: January 4, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: January 5, 2012
Published: February 2, 2012

Moritz M. Vogel, Martin Rumpel, Birgit Weichelt, Andreas Voss, Matthias Haefner, Christof Pruss, Wolfgang Osten, Marwan Abdou Ahmed, and Thomas Graf, "Single-layer resonant-waveguide grating for polarization and wavelength selection in Yb:YAG thin-disk lasers," Opt. Express 20, 4024-4031 (2012)

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