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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