Abstract

We have developed a method of computational simulation and estimation of thermo-optical distortions in solid-state laser rods, electro-optic shutters, and modulators, considering real heat-transfer conditions, anisotropic material properties, and an arbitrary cross-section shape of the element. Numerical investigations for Nd:YAG laser rods and potassium dihydrogen phosphate electro-optic shutters have been carried out, new results have been obtained, and known analytical solutions have been corrected.

© 1993 Optical Society of America

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