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  • Vol. 30, Iss. 10 — May. 15, 2005
  • pp: 1195–1197

Quantum noise measurements in a continuous-wave laser-diode-pumped Nd:YAG saturated amplifier

Shally Saraf, Karel Urbanek, Robert L. Byer, and Peter J. King  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 30, Issue 10, pp. 1195-1197 (2005)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.30.001195


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Abstract

We present measurements of the power noise due to optical amplification in a Nd:YAG free-space traveling-wave amplifier as the amplifier transitions from the linear regime into the heavily saturated regime. The quantum noise behavior is demonstrated by saturating the gain of a 100-W class zigzag slab amplifier with a high-power beam and measuring the power noise detected by a single-spatial-mode probe beam traversing the same optical path through the amplifier.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3280) Lasers and laser optics : Laser amplifiers
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.4480) Lasers and laser optics : Optical amplifiers
(270.2500) Quantum optics : Fluctuations, relaxations, and noise
(270.5290) Quantum optics : Photon statistics

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Shally Saraf, Karel Urbanek, Robert L. Byer, and Peter J. King, "Quantum noise measurements in a continuous-wave laser-diode-pumped Nd:YAG saturated amplifier," Opt. Lett. 30, 1195-1197 (2005)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-30-10-1195


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