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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 33, Iss. 15 — Aug. 1, 2008
  • pp: 1771–1773

Azimuthally polarized 1 kW C O 2 laser with a triple-axicon retroreflector optical resonator

Masamori Endo  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 33, Issue 15, pp. 1771-1773 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.33.001771


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Abstract

An optical resonator for generating high-power, axially symmetric polarized beams is demonstrated. The rear mirror of a commercial C O 2 laser is replaced by a triple-axicon retroreflector unit that is composed of a waxicon and an axicon accurately fitted together. The selection of the polarization is made by the reflectivity difference between p and s polarizations at the inclined surfaces. Sharp discrimination of polarization within a 0.4% of difference in reflectivity is demonstrated. A stable 1 kW azimuthally polarized LG 0 1 laser beam is generated, and the measured beam quality is 2.0.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.3470) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, carbon dioxide
(140.4780) Lasers and laser optics : Optical resonators

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: June 17, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: July 1, 2008
Published: July 31, 2008

Citation
Masamori Endo, "Azimuthally polarized 1 kW CO2 laser with a triple-axicon retroreflector optical resonator," Opt. Lett. 33, 1771-1773 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-33-15-1771

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