Abstract

A self-organizing laser based on a single diode-pumped Nd:YAG slab with reciprocal cavity completed by dynamic holographic gratings was created. The temporal dynamics, frequency spectrum and spatial characteristics of the generated beam were examined. A single-transverse-mode beam with up to 10 mJ pulse energy and 15% optical-to-optical efficiency was generated.

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  1. M.J. Damzen, R.P.M. Green, and K.S. Syed, “Self-adaptive solid-state oscillator formed by dynamic gain-gratings holograms,” Opt. Lett. 20, 1704–1706 (1995).
    [CrossRef] [PubMed]
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    [CrossRef]
  3. B.A. Thompson, A. Minassian, and M.J. Damzen, “Operation of a 33-W, continuous-wave, self-adaptive, solid-state laser oscillator,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 20, 857–862 (2003).
    [CrossRef]
  4. O.L. Antipov, A.S. Kuzhelev, V.A. Vorob’yov, and A.P. Zinov’ev, “Pulse repetitive Nd:YAG-laser with distributed feedback by self-induced population grating,” Opt. Commun. 152, 313–318 (1998).
    [CrossRef]
  5. O.L. Antipov, A.S. Kuzhelev, and D.V. Chausov, “Formation of the cavity in a self-starting high-average power Nd:YAG laser oscillator,” Opt. Express 5, 286–292 (1999).
    [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  6. O.L. Antipov, D.V. Chausov, A.S. Kuzhelev, V.A. Vorob’ev, and A.P. Zinoviev, “250-W Average-power Nd:YAG Laser with Self-Adaptive Cavity Completed by Dynamic Refractive-Index Gratings,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 37, 716–724 (2001).
    [CrossRef]
  7. O.L. Antipov, O.N. Eremeykin, A.P. Savikin, and D.Yu. Tshchegol’kov, “A self-starting diode-pumped Nd:YAG laser with reciprocal cavity completed by dynamic holographic gratings,” in Technical Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO’2003, Baltimore, U.S., June 1-6, 2003), paper CFE6.
  8. O.L. Antipov, O.N. Eremeykin, A. Minassian, and M.J. Damzen, “An efficient cw diode-pumped Nd:YVO4 laser with reciprocal self-organizing dynamic holographic cavity,” in Technical Digest of CLEO’2004, (San Francisco, USA, May2004), paper CML2.
  9. O.L. Antipov, O.N. Eremeykin, A.P. Savikin, V.A. Vorob’ev, D.V. Bredikhin, and M.S. Kuznetsov, “Electronic Changes of Refractive Index in Intensively Pumped Nd:YAG Laser Crystals,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron.  39, 910–918 (2003).
    [CrossRef]

2003 (2)

O.L. Antipov, O.N. Eremeykin, A.P. Savikin, V.A. Vorob’ev, D.V. Bredikhin, and M.S. Kuznetsov, “Electronic Changes of Refractive Index in Intensively Pumped Nd:YAG Laser Crystals,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron.  39, 910–918 (2003).
[CrossRef]

B.A. Thompson, A. Minassian, and M.J. Damzen, “Operation of a 33-W, continuous-wave, self-adaptive, solid-state laser oscillator,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 20, 857–862 (2003).
[CrossRef]

2001 (1)

O.L. Antipov, D.V. Chausov, A.S. Kuzhelev, V.A. Vorob’ev, and A.P. Zinoviev, “250-W Average-power Nd:YAG Laser with Self-Adaptive Cavity Completed by Dynamic Refractive-Index Gratings,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 37, 716–724 (2001).
[CrossRef]

1999 (1)

1998 (2)

P. Sillard, A. Brignon, and J.-P. Huignard, “Gain-grating analysis of a self-starting self-pumped phase-conjugate Nd:YAG loop resonator,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 34, 465–472 (1998).
[CrossRef]

O.L. Antipov, A.S. Kuzhelev, V.A. Vorob’yov, and A.P. Zinov’ev, “Pulse repetitive Nd:YAG-laser with distributed feedback by self-induced population grating,” Opt. Commun. 152, 313–318 (1998).
[CrossRef]

1995 (1)

Antipov, O.L.

O.L. Antipov, O.N. Eremeykin, A.P. Savikin, V.A. Vorob’ev, D.V. Bredikhin, and M.S. Kuznetsov, “Electronic Changes of Refractive Index in Intensively Pumped Nd:YAG Laser Crystals,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron.  39, 910–918 (2003).
[CrossRef]

O.L. Antipov, D.V. Chausov, A.S. Kuzhelev, V.A. Vorob’ev, and A.P. Zinoviev, “250-W Average-power Nd:YAG Laser with Self-Adaptive Cavity Completed by Dynamic Refractive-Index Gratings,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 37, 716–724 (2001).
[CrossRef]

O.L. Antipov, A.S. Kuzhelev, and D.V. Chausov, “Formation of the cavity in a self-starting high-average power Nd:YAG laser oscillator,” Opt. Express 5, 286–292 (1999).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

O.L. Antipov, A.S. Kuzhelev, V.A. Vorob’yov, and A.P. Zinov’ev, “Pulse repetitive Nd:YAG-laser with distributed feedback by self-induced population grating,” Opt. Commun. 152, 313–318 (1998).
[CrossRef]

O.L. Antipov, O.N. Eremeykin, A.P. Savikin, and D.Yu. Tshchegol’kov, “A self-starting diode-pumped Nd:YAG laser with reciprocal cavity completed by dynamic holographic gratings,” in Technical Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO’2003, Baltimore, U.S., June 1-6, 2003), paper CFE6.

O.L. Antipov, O.N. Eremeykin, A. Minassian, and M.J. Damzen, “An efficient cw diode-pumped Nd:YVO4 laser with reciprocal self-organizing dynamic holographic cavity,” in Technical Digest of CLEO’2004, (San Francisco, USA, May2004), paper CML2.

Bredikhin, D.V.

O.L. Antipov, O.N. Eremeykin, A.P. Savikin, V.A. Vorob’ev, D.V. Bredikhin, and M.S. Kuznetsov, “Electronic Changes of Refractive Index in Intensively Pumped Nd:YAG Laser Crystals,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron.  39, 910–918 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Brignon, A.

P. Sillard, A. Brignon, and J.-P. Huignard, “Gain-grating analysis of a self-starting self-pumped phase-conjugate Nd:YAG loop resonator,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 34, 465–472 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Chausov, D.V.

O.L. Antipov, D.V. Chausov, A.S. Kuzhelev, V.A. Vorob’ev, and A.P. Zinoviev, “250-W Average-power Nd:YAG Laser with Self-Adaptive Cavity Completed by Dynamic Refractive-Index Gratings,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 37, 716–724 (2001).
[CrossRef]

O.L. Antipov, A.S. Kuzhelev, and D.V. Chausov, “Formation of the cavity in a self-starting high-average power Nd:YAG laser oscillator,” Opt. Express 5, 286–292 (1999).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Damzen, M.J.

B.A. Thompson, A. Minassian, and M.J. Damzen, “Operation of a 33-W, continuous-wave, self-adaptive, solid-state laser oscillator,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 20, 857–862 (2003).
[CrossRef]

M.J. Damzen, R.P.M. Green, and K.S. Syed, “Self-adaptive solid-state oscillator formed by dynamic gain-gratings holograms,” Opt. Lett. 20, 1704–1706 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

O.L. Antipov, O.N. Eremeykin, A. Minassian, and M.J. Damzen, “An efficient cw diode-pumped Nd:YVO4 laser with reciprocal self-organizing dynamic holographic cavity,” in Technical Digest of CLEO’2004, (San Francisco, USA, May2004), paper CML2.

Eremeykin, O.N.

O.L. Antipov, O.N. Eremeykin, A.P. Savikin, V.A. Vorob’ev, D.V. Bredikhin, and M.S. Kuznetsov, “Electronic Changes of Refractive Index in Intensively Pumped Nd:YAG Laser Crystals,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron.  39, 910–918 (2003).
[CrossRef]

O.L. Antipov, O.N. Eremeykin, A. Minassian, and M.J. Damzen, “An efficient cw diode-pumped Nd:YVO4 laser with reciprocal self-organizing dynamic holographic cavity,” in Technical Digest of CLEO’2004, (San Francisco, USA, May2004), paper CML2.

O.L. Antipov, O.N. Eremeykin, A.P. Savikin, and D.Yu. Tshchegol’kov, “A self-starting diode-pumped Nd:YAG laser with reciprocal cavity completed by dynamic holographic gratings,” in Technical Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO’2003, Baltimore, U.S., June 1-6, 2003), paper CFE6.

Green, R.P.M.

Huignard, J.-P.

P. Sillard, A. Brignon, and J.-P. Huignard, “Gain-grating analysis of a self-starting self-pumped phase-conjugate Nd:YAG loop resonator,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 34, 465–472 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Kuzhelev, A.S.

O.L. Antipov, D.V. Chausov, A.S. Kuzhelev, V.A. Vorob’ev, and A.P. Zinoviev, “250-W Average-power Nd:YAG Laser with Self-Adaptive Cavity Completed by Dynamic Refractive-Index Gratings,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 37, 716–724 (2001).
[CrossRef]

O.L. Antipov, A.S. Kuzhelev, and D.V. Chausov, “Formation of the cavity in a self-starting high-average power Nd:YAG laser oscillator,” Opt. Express 5, 286–292 (1999).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

O.L. Antipov, A.S. Kuzhelev, V.A. Vorob’yov, and A.P. Zinov’ev, “Pulse repetitive Nd:YAG-laser with distributed feedback by self-induced population grating,” Opt. Commun. 152, 313–318 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Kuznetsov, M.S.

O.L. Antipov, O.N. Eremeykin, A.P. Savikin, V.A. Vorob’ev, D.V. Bredikhin, and M.S. Kuznetsov, “Electronic Changes of Refractive Index in Intensively Pumped Nd:YAG Laser Crystals,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron.  39, 910–918 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Minassian, A.

B.A. Thompson, A. Minassian, and M.J. Damzen, “Operation of a 33-W, continuous-wave, self-adaptive, solid-state laser oscillator,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 20, 857–862 (2003).
[CrossRef]

O.L. Antipov, O.N. Eremeykin, A. Minassian, and M.J. Damzen, “An efficient cw diode-pumped Nd:YVO4 laser with reciprocal self-organizing dynamic holographic cavity,” in Technical Digest of CLEO’2004, (San Francisco, USA, May2004), paper CML2.

Savikin, A.P.

O.L. Antipov, O.N. Eremeykin, A.P. Savikin, V.A. Vorob’ev, D.V. Bredikhin, and M.S. Kuznetsov, “Electronic Changes of Refractive Index in Intensively Pumped Nd:YAG Laser Crystals,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron.  39, 910–918 (2003).
[CrossRef]

O.L. Antipov, O.N. Eremeykin, A.P. Savikin, and D.Yu. Tshchegol’kov, “A self-starting diode-pumped Nd:YAG laser with reciprocal cavity completed by dynamic holographic gratings,” in Technical Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO’2003, Baltimore, U.S., June 1-6, 2003), paper CFE6.

Sillard, P.

P. Sillard, A. Brignon, and J.-P. Huignard, “Gain-grating analysis of a self-starting self-pumped phase-conjugate Nd:YAG loop resonator,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 34, 465–472 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Syed, K.S.

Thompson, B.A.

Tshchegol’kov, D.Yu.

O.L. Antipov, O.N. Eremeykin, A.P. Savikin, and D.Yu. Tshchegol’kov, “A self-starting diode-pumped Nd:YAG laser with reciprocal cavity completed by dynamic holographic gratings,” in Technical Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO’2003, Baltimore, U.S., June 1-6, 2003), paper CFE6.

Vorob’ev, V.A.

O.L. Antipov, O.N. Eremeykin, A.P. Savikin, V.A. Vorob’ev, D.V. Bredikhin, and M.S. Kuznetsov, “Electronic Changes of Refractive Index in Intensively Pumped Nd:YAG Laser Crystals,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron.  39, 910–918 (2003).
[CrossRef]

O.L. Antipov, D.V. Chausov, A.S. Kuzhelev, V.A. Vorob’ev, and A.P. Zinoviev, “250-W Average-power Nd:YAG Laser with Self-Adaptive Cavity Completed by Dynamic Refractive-Index Gratings,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 37, 716–724 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Vorob’yov, V.A.

O.L. Antipov, A.S. Kuzhelev, V.A. Vorob’yov, and A.P. Zinov’ev, “Pulse repetitive Nd:YAG-laser with distributed feedback by self-induced population grating,” Opt. Commun. 152, 313–318 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Zinov’ev, A.P.

O.L. Antipov, A.S. Kuzhelev, V.A. Vorob’yov, and A.P. Zinov’ev, “Pulse repetitive Nd:YAG-laser with distributed feedback by self-induced population grating,” Opt. Commun. 152, 313–318 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Zinoviev, A.P.

O.L. Antipov, D.V. Chausov, A.S. Kuzhelev, V.A. Vorob’ev, and A.P. Zinoviev, “250-W Average-power Nd:YAG Laser with Self-Adaptive Cavity Completed by Dynamic Refractive-Index Gratings,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 37, 716–724 (2001).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Quantum Electron (1)

O.L. Antipov, O.N. Eremeykin, A.P. Savikin, V.A. Vorob’ev, D.V. Bredikhin, and M.S. Kuznetsov, “Electronic Changes of Refractive Index in Intensively Pumped Nd:YAG Laser Crystals,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron.  39, 910–918 (2003).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (2)

P. Sillard, A. Brignon, and J.-P. Huignard, “Gain-grating analysis of a self-starting self-pumped phase-conjugate Nd:YAG loop resonator,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 34, 465–472 (1998).
[CrossRef]

O.L. Antipov, D.V. Chausov, A.S. Kuzhelev, V.A. Vorob’ev, and A.P. Zinoviev, “250-W Average-power Nd:YAG Laser with Self-Adaptive Cavity Completed by Dynamic Refractive-Index Gratings,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 37, 716–724 (2001).
[CrossRef]

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (1)

Opt. Commun. (1)

O.L. Antipov, A.S. Kuzhelev, V.A. Vorob’yov, and A.P. Zinov’ev, “Pulse repetitive Nd:YAG-laser with distributed feedback by self-induced population grating,” Opt. Commun. 152, 313–318 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (1)

Opt. Lett. (1)

Other (2)

O.L. Antipov, O.N. Eremeykin, A.P. Savikin, and D.Yu. Tshchegol’kov, “A self-starting diode-pumped Nd:YAG laser with reciprocal cavity completed by dynamic holographic gratings,” in Technical Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO’2003, Baltimore, U.S., June 1-6, 2003), paper CFE6.

O.L. Antipov, O.N. Eremeykin, A. Minassian, and M.J. Damzen, “An efficient cw diode-pumped Nd:YVO4 laser with reciprocal self-organizing dynamic holographic cavity,” in Technical Digest of CLEO’2004, (San Francisco, USA, May2004), paper CML2.

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Figures (6)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

Schematic of the self-starting laser with a one-loop dynamic cavity.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

Output pulse energy vs diode pump pulse energy in single-loop and double-loop dynamic cavities.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

Pump power generation threshold vs angle of intersection (θ) of the optical beams in diode-pumped Nd:YAG laser crystal (1-st and 2-nd curves – without and with additional amplifier, respectively).

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

The temporal dynamics and frequency spectra of the generating beams: (a) – near threshold, (b) slightly above threshold, (c) – far above threshold.

Fig. 5.
Fig. 5.

Transverse profile of the generated beam: (a) is the near field, (b) is the far field.

Fig. 6.
Fig. 6.

Schematic of the self-starting laser with a two-loop dynamic cavity.

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