Abstract

We present a high power fundamental mode ring oscillator with four longitudinally diode-pumped laser rods and effective birefringence compensation as a laser source for the next generation of gravitational wave detection. With this setup a linearly polarized output power of 213 W in a nearly diffraction limited beam with an M2 value of 1.15 was demonstrated.

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Appl. Phys. Lett. (1)

S. Konno et al., �??206 W continuous-wave TEM00 mode 1064 nm beam generation by a laser-diode-pumped Nd:YAG rod laser amplifier,�?? Appl. Phys. Lett. 79, No.17 (2001).

Class. Quantum Grav. (1)

M. Frede et al., �??High-power single-frequency Nd:YAG laser for gravitational wave detection,�?? Class. Quantum Grav. 21, 895-S901 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Opt. and Quantum Electron. (1)

Q. Lü et al., �??A novel approach for compensation of birefringence in cylindrical Nd:YAG rods,�?? Opt. and Quantum Electron. 28, 57-69 (1996)
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (1)

Other (3)

W. Keochner, Solid-State Laser Engeneering, 5th ed. (Springer-Verlag, New York, 1996).

LIGO II Conceptual Project Book; LIGO M990288-A-M (1999).

Advanced LIGO homepage: <a href="http://www.ligo.caltech.edu/advLIGO/.">http://www.ligo.caltech.edu/advLIGO/.</a>

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