Abstract

A liquid edge cladding system for parasitic suppression in large aperture, high gain disk laser amplifiers has been developed and tested. A near-saturated aqueous solution of ZnI2 was employed for index-matching. Adequate fluorescence absorption was demonstrated using either dissolved NiCl2 or chrome black oxide coating applied to the disk holder. Application of liquid cladding to a 20-cm aperture disk laser amplifier increased energy storage capability by approximately 20% over conventional solder glass claddings.

© 1976 Optical Society of America

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