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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 5 — Feb. 27, 2012
  • pp: 5392–5401

Azimuthally polarized laser mode generation by multilayer mirror with wideband grating-induced TM leakage in the TE stopband

Thomas Kämpfe, Svetlen Tonchev, Alexandre V. Tishchenko, Deyan Gergov, and Olivier Parriaux  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 5, pp. 5392-5401 (2012)

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A new intracavity laser polarization-mode selection scheme relying upon a TE/TM diffractive dichroism principle in a grating multilayer mirror is proposed and demonstrated. The grating diffracts the first orders between the TE and TM band edges of the angular spectra of the laser mirror inducing a leakage of the TM polarization into the mirror substrate through the multilayer stack whereas TE diffraction into the substrate is forbidden. This mechanism is non-resonant, thus relatively wide-band. Applied with a circular-line grating in the 1.0µm - 1.1µm wavelength range, this mirror filters out the radially polarization mode and causes the emission of the azimuthally polarized mode. An original amorphous silicon grating technology was developed and the optical function demonstrated in a Nd:YAG laser.

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OCIS Codes
(050.2770) Diffraction and gratings : Gratings
(230.4170) Optical devices : Multilayers
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(310.4165) Thin films : Multilayer design
(310.5448) Thin films : Polarization, other optical properties
(310.6188) Thin films : Spectral properties

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

Original Manuscript: December 13, 2011
Revised Manuscript: January 25, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: January 26, 2012
Published: February 21, 2012

Thomas Kämpfe, Svetlen Tonchev, Alexandre V. Tishchenko, Deyan Gergov, and Olivier Parriaux, "Azimuthally polarized laser mode generation by multilayer mirror with wideband grating-induced TM leakage in the TE stopband," Opt. Express 20, 5392-5401 (2012)

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