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  • Vol. 27, Iss. 9 — May. 1, 2002
  • pp: 716–718

Thermally induced birefringence in Nd:YAG ceramics

Efim A. Khazanov  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 27, Issue 9, pp. 716-718 (2002)

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Analytical expressions for eigenpolarizations and phase delays in grains of thermally loaded Nd:YAG ceramic rods have been derived. It is shown that the depolarization of radiation in polycrystalline ceramics results in beam modulation with a characteristic size of the order of the ceramic grain size. It is reasonable to increase the ratio of rod length to grain length both to diminish this modulation depth and to compensate for birefringence by use of known techniques.

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OCIS Codes
(140.6810) Lasers and laser optics : Thermal effects
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence

Efim A. Khazanov, "Thermally induced birefringence in Nd:YAG ceramics," Opt. Lett. 27, 716-718 (2002)

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