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  • Editor: Xi-Cheng Zhang
  • Vol. 39, Iss. 7 — Apr. 1, 2014
  • pp: 1945–1948

Manipulation of linearly polarized states in a diode-pumped YAG/Tm:YAG/YAG bulk laser

Yanying Li, Weidong Chen, Haifeng Lin, Da Ke, Ge Zhang, and Yung-Fu Chen  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 7, pp. 1945-1948 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.39.001945


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Abstract

We experimentally demonstrated the manipulation of 2 μm linearly polarized states in a diode-pumped YAG/Tm:YAG/YAG laser with high polarization extinction ratio of 28 dB for the very first time to the best of our knowledge. A stable linearly polarized state of 2 μm was achieved without using any specific intracavity optical polarization-selected elements. The unexpected phenomenon of tunable linear polarization directions was observed. Multidistinct linear polarization directions were experimentally obtained, including the peculiar case of switchable orthogonally linear polarization directions.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: January 23, 2014
Revised Manuscript: February 18, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: February 19, 2014
Published: March 24, 2014

Citation
Yanying Li, Weidong Chen, Haifeng Lin, Da Ke, Ge Zhang, and Yung-Fu Chen, "Manipulation of linearly polarized states in a diode-pumped YAG/Tm:YAG/YAG bulk laser," Opt. Lett. 39, 1945-1948 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-39-7-1945


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