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  • Editor: Xi-Cheng Zhang
  • Vol. 39, Iss. 16 — Aug. 15, 2014
  • pp: 4762–4765

Controllable continuous-wave Nd:YVO4 self-Raman lasers using intracavity adaptive optics

Ran Li, Mike Griffith, Leslie Laycock, and Walter Lubeigt  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 16, pp. 4762-4765 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.39.004762


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Abstract

A controllable self-Raman laser using an adaptive optics (AO)-based control loop featuring an intracavity deformable mirror is reported. This method has the potential to alleviate thermal lensing within the Raman and laser gain media, and enable solid-state Raman lasers to reach new power levels. A proof-of-concept experiment using a Nd:YVO4 self-Raman laser and resulting in 18% enhancement of the first Stokes output power is reported. Moreover, wavelength selection between two Raman laser outputs (λ=1109 and 1176 nm) emanating from the 379 and 893cm1 Raman shifts of YVO4, respectively, was achieved using this AO technique.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1080) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Active or adaptive optics
(140.3530) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, neodymium
(140.3550) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, Raman
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.6810) Lasers and laser optics : Thermal effects

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: June 6, 2014
Revised Manuscript: July 9, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: July 11, 2014
Published: August 7, 2014

Citation
Ran Li, Mike Griffith, Leslie Laycock, and Walter Lubeigt, "Controllable continuous-wave Nd:YVO4 self-Raman lasers using intracavity adaptive optics," Opt. Lett. 39, 4762-4765 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-39-16-4762


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