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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CLEO???2003 (1)

O.L. Antipov, O.N. Eremeykin, A.P. Savikin, 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.

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (3)

O.L. Antipov, D.V. Chausov, A.S. Kuzhelev, V.A. Vorob�??ev, 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]

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

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

Opt. Commun. (1)

O.L. Antipov, A.S. Kuzhelev, V.A. Vorob�??yov, 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)

Technical Digest of CLEO???2004 (1)

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, May 2004), 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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