Abstract

The thermally induced stress birefringence has been known to affect severely the performance of a solidstate-laser system when the beam is linearly polarized. This study analyzes the birefringence as a function of the YAG :Nd rod-axis orientation; this investigation illustrates the angular dependence of birefringence for directions other than the [111] crystal direction and describes the losses for various rod-axis and polarizer orientations.

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  2. W. Koechner and D. K. Rice, IEEE 3. QE-6, 557 (1970).
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  5. J. F. Nye, Physical Properties of Crystals (Pergamon, London, 1965).

Dixon, R. W.

R. W. Dixon, J. Appl. Phys. 38, 5149 (1967).

Foster, J. D.

J. D. Foster and L. M. Osterink, 3. Appl. Phys. 41, 3656 (1970).

Koechner, W.

W. Koechner and D. K. Rice, IEEE 3. QE-6, 557 (1970).

Nye, J. F.

J. F. Nye, Physical Properties of Crystals (Pergamon, London, 1965).

Osterink, L. M.

J. D. Foster and L. M. Osterink, 3. Appl. Phys. 41, 3656 (1970).

Rice, D. K.

W. Koechner and D. K. Rice, IEEE 3. QE-6, 557 (1970).

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J. D. Foster and L. M. Osterink, 3. Appl. Phys. 41, 3656 (1970).

W. Koechner and D. K. Rice, IEEE 3. QE-6, 557 (1970).

R. W. Dixon, J. Appl. Phys. 38, 5149 (1967).

YAG:Nd Data (Electronics Division, Crystal Products Department, Union Carbide Corporation, San Diego, Calif., 1969).

J. F. Nye, Physical Properties of Crystals (Pergamon, London, 1965).

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