Abstract

We have produced a high beam quality pico-second laser based on a continuous-wave diode pumped Nd:YVO4 slab amplifier with a photorefractive phase conjugate mirror. 12.8W diffraction-limited output with a pulse width of 8.7ps was obtained.

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    [CrossRef]

2004 (2)

T. Imaizumi , M. Goto , Y. Ojima , and T. Omatsu , “ Characterization of a pico-second phase conjugate Nd:YVO 4 laser system ,” Jpn. J. Appl. Phys.   43 , 2515 – 2518 ( 2004 ).
[CrossRef]

H. Zimer , K. Albers , and U. Wittrock , “ Grazing-incidence YVO 4 -Nd:YVO 4 composite thin slab laser with low thermo-optic aberrations ,” Opt. Lett.   29 , 2761 – 2763 ( 2004 ).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2002 (1)

Jason M. Hendricks , David I. Hillier , Stephen J. Barrington , David P. Shepherd , Robert W. Eason , Michael J. Damzen , Ara Minassian , and Benjamin Thompson , “ Power scaling of continuous-wave adaptive gain-grating laser resonators ,” Opt. Commun.   205 , 197 – 205 ( 2002 ).
[CrossRef]

2001 (1)

M.J. Damzen , M. Trew , E. Rosas , and G.J. Crofts , “ Continuous-wave Nd:YVO 4 grazing-incidence laser with 22.5 W output power and 64% conversion efficiency ,” Opt. Commun.   196 , 237 – 241 ( 2001 ).
[CrossRef]

2000 (1)

Kazuyoku Tei , Yoshito Niwa , Fumiaki Matsuoka , Masaaki Kato , Maruyama Yoichiro , and Takashi Arisawa , “ Photorefractive phase conjugator for Nd:YAG laser system ,” Nucl. Instr. and Meth. A   455 , 244 – 246 ( 2000 )
[CrossRef]

1998 (1)

1994 (1)

1993 (1)

1987 (1)

R. A. Fields , M. Birnbaum , and C. L. Fincher , “ Highly efficient Nd:YVO 4 diode-laser end-pumped laser ,” Appl. Phys. Lett.   51 , 1885 – 1886 ( 1987 ).
[CrossRef]

1977 (1)

A. W. Tucker , M. Birnbaum , C. L. Fincher , and J. W. Erler , “ Stimulated-emission cross section at 1064 and 1342 nm in Nd:YVO 4 ,” J. Appl. Phys.   48 , 4907 – 4911 ( 1977 ).
[CrossRef]

Albers, K.

Alcock, A. J.

Alexander, J.

Arisawa, Takashi

Kazuyoku Tei , Yoshito Niwa , Fumiaki Matsuoka , Masaaki Kato , Maruyama Yoichiro , and Takashi Arisawa , “ Photorefractive phase conjugator for Nd:YAG laser system ,” Nucl. Instr. and Meth. A   455 , 244 – 246 ( 2000 )
[CrossRef]

Barrington, Stephen J.

Jason M. Hendricks , David I. Hillier , Stephen J. Barrington , David P. Shepherd , Robert W. Eason , Michael J. Damzen , Ara Minassian , and Benjamin Thompson , “ Power scaling of continuous-wave adaptive gain-grating laser resonators ,” Opt. Commun.   205 , 197 – 205 ( 2002 ).
[CrossRef]

Bernard, J.E.

Birnbaum, M.

R. A. Fields , M. Birnbaum , and C. L. Fincher , “ Highly efficient Nd:YVO 4 diode-laser end-pumped laser ,” Appl. Phys. Lett.   51 , 1885 – 1886 ( 1987 ).
[CrossRef]

A. W. Tucker , M. Birnbaum , C. L. Fincher , and J. W. Erler , “ Stimulated-emission cross section at 1064 and 1342 nm in Nd:YVO 4 ,” J. Appl. Phys.   48 , 4907 – 4911 ( 1977 ).
[CrossRef]

Crofts, G.J.

M.J. Damzen , M. Trew , E. Rosas , and G.J. Crofts , “ Continuous-wave Nd:YVO 4 grazing-incidence laser with 22.5 W output power and 64% conversion efficiency ,” Opt. Commun.   196 , 237 – 241 ( 2001 ).
[CrossRef]

Damzen, M.J.

M.J. Damzen , M. Trew , E. Rosas , and G.J. Crofts , “ Continuous-wave Nd:YVO 4 grazing-incidence laser with 22.5 W output power and 64% conversion efficiency ,” Opt. Commun.   196 , 237 – 241 ( 2001 ).
[CrossRef]

Damzen, Michael J.

Jason M. Hendricks , David I. Hillier , Stephen J. Barrington , David P. Shepherd , Robert W. Eason , Michael J. Damzen , Ara Minassian , and Benjamin Thompson , “ Power scaling of continuous-wave adaptive gain-grating laser resonators ,” Opt. Commun.   205 , 197 – 205 ( 2002 ).
[CrossRef]

Dymott, M. J. P.

Eason, Robert W.

Jason M. Hendricks , David I. Hillier , Stephen J. Barrington , David P. Shepherd , Robert W. Eason , Michael J. Damzen , Ara Minassian , and Benjamin Thompson , “ Power scaling of continuous-wave adaptive gain-grating laser resonators ,” Opt. Commun.   205 , 197 – 205 ( 2002 ).
[CrossRef]

Erler, J. W.

A. W. Tucker , M. Birnbaum , C. L. Fincher , and J. W. Erler , “ Stimulated-emission cross section at 1064 and 1342 nm in Nd:YVO 4 ,” J. Appl. Phys.   48 , 4907 – 4911 ( 1977 ).
[CrossRef]

Fields, R. A.

R. A. Fields , M. Birnbaum , and C. L. Fincher , “ Highly efficient Nd:YVO 4 diode-laser end-pumped laser ,” Appl. Phys. Lett.   51 , 1885 – 1886 ( 1987 ).
[CrossRef]

Fincher, C. L.

R. A. Fields , M. Birnbaum , and C. L. Fincher , “ Highly efficient Nd:YVO 4 diode-laser end-pumped laser ,” Appl. Phys. Lett.   51 , 1885 – 1886 ( 1987 ).
[CrossRef]

A. W. Tucker , M. Birnbaum , C. L. Fincher , and J. W. Erler , “ Stimulated-emission cross section at 1064 and 1342 nm in Nd:YVO 4 ,” J. Appl. Phys.   48 , 4907 – 4911 ( 1977 ).
[CrossRef]

Goto, M.

T. Imaizumi , M. Goto , Y. Ojima , and T. Omatsu , “ Characterization of a pico-second phase conjugate Nd:YVO 4 laser system ,” Jpn. J. Appl. Phys.   43 , 2515 – 2518 ( 2004 ).
[CrossRef]

Hendricks, Jason M.

Jason M. Hendricks , David I. Hillier , Stephen J. Barrington , David P. Shepherd , Robert W. Eason , Michael J. Damzen , Ara Minassian , and Benjamin Thompson , “ Power scaling of continuous-wave adaptive gain-grating laser resonators ,” Opt. Commun.   205 , 197 – 205 ( 2002 ).
[CrossRef]

Hillier, David I.

Jason M. Hendricks , David I. Hillier , Stephen J. Barrington , David P. Shepherd , Robert W. Eason , Michael J. Damzen , Ara Minassian , and Benjamin Thompson , “ Power scaling of continuous-wave adaptive gain-grating laser resonators ,” Opt. Commun.   205 , 197 – 205 ( 2002 ).
[CrossRef]

Imaizumi, T.

T. Imaizumi , M. Goto , Y. Ojima , and T. Omatsu , “ Characterization of a pico-second phase conjugate Nd:YVO 4 laser system ,” Jpn. J. Appl. Phys.   43 , 2515 – 2518 ( 2004 ).
[CrossRef]

Kato, Masaaki

Kazuyoku Tei , Yoshito Niwa , Fumiaki Matsuoka , Masaaki Kato , Maruyama Yoichiro , and Takashi Arisawa , “ Photorefractive phase conjugator for Nd:YAG laser system ,” Nucl. Instr. and Meth. A   455 , 244 – 246 ( 2000 )
[CrossRef]

Keller, U.

Kmetec, J. D.

Kopf, D.

Liu, A.

Matsuoka, Fumiaki

Kazuyoku Tei , Yoshito Niwa , Fumiaki Matsuoka , Masaaki Kato , Maruyama Yoichiro , and Takashi Arisawa , “ Photorefractive phase conjugator for Nd:YAG laser system ,” Nucl. Instr. and Meth. A   455 , 244 – 246 ( 2000 )
[CrossRef]

Meyer, J.

Minassian, Ara

Jason M. Hendricks , David I. Hillier , Stephen J. Barrington , David P. Shepherd , Robert W. Eason , Michael J. Damzen , Ara Minassian , and Benjamin Thompson , “ Power scaling of continuous-wave adaptive gain-grating laser resonators ,” Opt. Commun.   205 , 197 – 205 ( 2002 ).
[CrossRef]

Moser, M.

Niwa, Yoshito

Kazuyoku Tei , Yoshito Niwa , Fumiaki Matsuoka , Masaaki Kato , Maruyama Yoichiro , and Takashi Arisawa , “ Photorefractive phase conjugator for Nd:YAG laser system ,” Nucl. Instr. and Meth. A   455 , 244 – 246 ( 2000 )
[CrossRef]

Ojima, Y.

T. Imaizumi , M. Goto , Y. Ojima , and T. Omatsu , “ Characterization of a pico-second phase conjugate Nd:YVO 4 laser system ,” Jpn. J. Appl. Phys.   43 , 2515 – 2518 ( 2004 ).
[CrossRef]

Omatsu, T.

T. Imaizumi , M. Goto , Y. Ojima , and T. Omatsu , “ Characterization of a pico-second phase conjugate Nd:YVO 4 laser system ,” Jpn. J. Appl. Phys.   43 , 2515 – 2518 ( 2004 ).
[CrossRef]

Paschotta, R.

Rosas, E.

M.J. Damzen , M. Trew , E. Rosas , and G.J. Crofts , “ Continuous-wave Nd:YVO 4 grazing-incidence laser with 22.5 W output power and 64% conversion efficiency ,” Opt. Commun.   196 , 237 – 241 ( 2001 ).
[CrossRef]

Shen, D.

Shepherd, David P.

Jason M. Hendricks , David I. Hillier , Stephen J. Barrington , David P. Shepherd , Robert W. Eason , Michael J. Damzen , Ara Minassian , and Benjamin Thompson , “ Power scaling of continuous-wave adaptive gain-grating laser resonators ,” Opt. Commun.   205 , 197 – 205 ( 2002 ).
[CrossRef]

Song, J.

Sphler, G. J.

Tei, Kazuyoku

Kazuyoku Tei , Yoshito Niwa , Fumiaki Matsuoka , Masaaki Kato , Maruyama Yoichiro , and Takashi Arisawa , “ Photorefractive phase conjugator for Nd:YAG laser system ,” Nucl. Instr. and Meth. A   455 , 244 – 246 ( 2000 )
[CrossRef]

Thompson, Benjamin

Jason M. Hendricks , David I. Hillier , Stephen J. Barrington , David P. Shepherd , Robert W. Eason , Michael J. Damzen , Ara Minassian , and Benjamin Thompson , “ Power scaling of continuous-wave adaptive gain-grating laser resonators ,” Opt. Commun.   205 , 197 – 205 ( 2002 ).
[CrossRef]

Trew, M.

M.J. Damzen , M. Trew , E. Rosas , and G.J. Crofts , “ Continuous-wave Nd:YVO 4 grazing-incidence laser with 22.5 W output power and 64% conversion efficiency ,” Opt. Commun.   196 , 237 – 241 ( 2001 ).
[CrossRef]

Truong, G.

Tucker, A. W.

A. W. Tucker , M. Birnbaum , C. L. Fincher , and J. W. Erler , “ Stimulated-emission cross section at 1064 and 1342 nm in Nd:YVO 4 ,” J. Appl. Phys.   48 , 4907 – 4911 ( 1977 ).
[CrossRef]

Ueda, K.

Weingarten, K. J.

Wittrock, U.

Yoichiro, Maruyama

Kazuyoku Tei , Yoshito Niwa , Fumiaki Matsuoka , Masaaki Kato , Maruyama Yoichiro , and Takashi Arisawa , “ Photorefractive phase conjugator for Nd:YAG laser system ,” Nucl. Instr. and Meth. A   455 , 244 – 246 ( 2000 )
[CrossRef]

Zimer, H.

Appl. Opt. (1)

Appl. Phys. Lett. (1)

R. A. Fields , M. Birnbaum , and C. L. Fincher , “ Highly efficient Nd:YVO 4 diode-laser end-pumped laser ,” Appl. Phys. Lett.   51 , 1885 – 1886 ( 1987 ).
[CrossRef]

J. Appl. Phys. (1)

A. W. Tucker , M. Birnbaum , C. L. Fincher , and J. W. Erler , “ Stimulated-emission cross section at 1064 and 1342 nm in Nd:YVO 4 ,” J. Appl. Phys.   48 , 4907 – 4911 ( 1977 ).
[CrossRef]

Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. (1)

T. Imaizumi , M. Goto , Y. Ojima , and T. Omatsu , “ Characterization of a pico-second phase conjugate Nd:YVO 4 laser system ,” Jpn. J. Appl. Phys.   43 , 2515 – 2518 ( 2004 ).
[CrossRef]

Nucl. Instr. and Meth. A (1)

Kazuyoku Tei , Yoshito Niwa , Fumiaki Matsuoka , Masaaki Kato , Maruyama Yoichiro , and Takashi Arisawa , “ Photorefractive phase conjugator for Nd:YAG laser system ,” Nucl. Instr. and Meth. A   455 , 244 – 246 ( 2000 )
[CrossRef]

Opt. Commun. (2)

Jason M. Hendricks , David I. Hillier , Stephen J. Barrington , David P. Shepherd , Robert W. Eason , Michael J. Damzen , Ara Minassian , and Benjamin Thompson , “ Power scaling of continuous-wave adaptive gain-grating laser resonators ,” Opt. Commun.   205 , 197 – 205 ( 2002 ).
[CrossRef]

M.J. Damzen , M. Trew , E. Rosas , and G.J. Crofts , “ Continuous-wave Nd:YVO 4 grazing-incidence laser with 22.5 W output power and 64% conversion efficiency ,” Opt. Commun.   196 , 237 – 241 ( 2001 ).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (4)

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Figures (9)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

Experimental setup of phase conjugate double pass amplifier.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

Experimental output power from the phase conjugate double pass amplifier.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

Experimental setup of phase conjugate multi pass amplifier

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

Experimental output power from phase conjugate multi pass amplifier. Red closed circle shows multi pass experimental value, blue open rectangle shows double pass experimental value. Red and blue dashed lines show simulated values of multi and double pass output (see discussion).

Fig. 5.
Fig. 5.

Experimental output power from phase conjugate multi pass amplifier.

Fig. 6.
Fig. 6.

Far field pattern of the output from the phase conjugate multi pass amplifier.

Fig. 7.
Fig. 7.

Intensity autocorrelation traces. Red line is signal beam. Dash line is output beam.

Fig. 8.
Fig. 8.

Experimental frequency spectra. Red line is signal beam. Dash line is output beam.

Fig. 9.
Fig. 9.

Numerical simulated model of the four pass amplifier.

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