Abstract

We investigated design issues for the power scaling of a picosecond Nd:YVO4 master-oscillator power amplifier system with a photorefractive phase-conjugate mirror by using standard beam propagation analysis. We also demonstrated a 25 W diffraction-limited pico-second output. A corresponding extraction efficiency of 31 % was achieved.

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2005 (1)

2004 (3)

2002 (1)

J. C. Bermudez G., V. J. Pinto-Robledo, A.V. Kir’yanov, and M. J. Damzen, "The termo-lensing effect in a grazing incidence, diode-side-pumped Nd:YVO4 laser," Opt. Commun. 210, 75-82 (2002).
[CrossRef]

2001 (1)

M. J. Damzen, M. Trew, E. Rosas, and G. J. Crofts, "Continuous-wave Nd:YVO4 grazing-incidence laser with 22.5 W output power and 64% conversion efficiency," Opt. Commun. 196, 237-241 (2001).
[CrossRef]

2000 (1)

E. Rosas, V. Aboites, and M. J. Damzen, "FWM interaction transfer matrix for self-adaptive laser oscillators," Opt. Commun. 174, 243-247 (2000).
[CrossRef]

1998 (1)

1994 (1)

1993 (1)

1987 (1)

R. A. Fields, M. Birnbaum and C. L. Fincher, "Highly efficient Nd:YVO4 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:YVO4,"J. Appl. Phys. 48, 4907-4911 (1977).
[CrossRef]

Aboites, V.

E. Rosas, V. Aboites, and M. J. Damzen, "FWM interaction transfer matrix for self-adaptive laser oscillators," Opt. Commun. 174, 243-247 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Albers, K.

Alcock, A. J.

Bernard, J. E.

Birnbaum, M.

R. A. Fields, M. Birnbaum and C. L. Fincher, "Highly efficient Nd:YVO4 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:YVO4,"J. Appl. Phys. 48, 4907-4911 (1977).
[CrossRef]

Brignon, A.

Crofts, G. J.

M. J. Damzen, M. Trew, E. Rosas, and G. J. Crofts, "Continuous-wave Nd:YVO4 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:YVO4 grazing-incidence laser with 22.5 W output power and 64% conversion efficiency," Opt. Commun. 196, 237-241 (2001).
[CrossRef]

E. Rosas, V. Aboites, and M. J. Damzen, "FWM interaction transfer matrix for self-adaptive laser oscillators," Opt. Commun. 174, 243-247 (2000).
[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:YVO4,"J. Appl. Phys. 48, 4907-4911 (1977).
[CrossRef]

Fields, R. A.

R. A. Fields, M. Birnbaum and C. L. Fincher, "Highly efficient Nd:YVO4 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:YVO4 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:YVO4,"J. Appl. Phys. 48, 4907-4911 (1977).
[CrossRef]

Georges, P.

Goto, M.

T. Imaizumi, M. Goto, Y. Ojima and T. Omatsu, "Characterization of a pico-second phase conjugate Nd:YVO4 laser system," Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 43, 2515-2518 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Huignard, J. P.

Imaizumi, T.

T. Imaizumi, M. Goto, Y. Ojima and T. Omatsu, "Characterization of a pico-second phase conjugate Nd:YVO4 laser system," Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 43, 2515-2518 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Lallier, E.

Liu, A.

Lombard, L.

Lucas-Leclin, G.

Nawata, K.

Ojima, Y.

Y. Ojima, K. Nawata, and T. Omastu, "Over 10-watt pico-second diffraction-limited output from a Nd:YVO4 slab amplifier with a phase conjugate mirror," Opt. Express 13, 8993-8998 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

T. Imaizumi, M. Goto, Y. Ojima and T. Omatsu, "Characterization of a pico-second phase conjugate Nd:YVO4 laser system," Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 43, 2515-2518 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Omastu, T.

Omatsu, T.

T. Imaizumi, M. Goto, Y. Ojima and T. Omatsu, "Characterization of a pico-second phase conjugate Nd:YVO4 laser system," Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 43, 2515-2518 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Pauliat, G.

Roosen, G.

Rosas, E.

M. J. Damzen, M. Trew, E. Rosas, and G. J. Crofts, "Continuous-wave Nd:YVO4 grazing-incidence laser with 22.5 W output power and 64% conversion efficiency," Opt. Commun. 196, 237-241 (2001).
[CrossRef]

E. Rosas, V. Aboites, and M. J. Damzen, "FWM interaction transfer matrix for self-adaptive laser oscillators," Opt. Commun. 174, 243-247 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Shen, D.

Song, J.

Trew, M.

M. J. Damzen, M. Trew, E. Rosas, and G. J. Crofts, "Continuous-wave Nd:YVO4 grazing-incidence laser with 22.5 W output power and 64% conversion efficiency," Opt. Commun. 196, 237-241 (2001).
[CrossRef]

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:YVO4,"J. Appl. Phys. 48, 4907-4911 (1977).
[CrossRef]

Ueda, K.

Wittrock, U.

Zimer, H.

Appl. Opt. (1)

Appl. Phys. Lett. (1)

R. A. Fields, M. Birnbaum and C. L. Fincher, "Highly efficient Nd:YVO4 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:YVO4,"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:YVO4 laser system," Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 43, 2515-2518 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Commun. (3)

M. J. Damzen, M. Trew, E. Rosas, and G. J. Crofts, "Continuous-wave Nd:YVO4 grazing-incidence laser with 22.5 W output power and 64% conversion efficiency," Opt. Commun. 196, 237-241 (2001).
[CrossRef]

E. Rosas, V. Aboites, and M. J. Damzen, "FWM interaction transfer matrix for self-adaptive laser oscillators," Opt. Commun. 174, 243-247 (2000).
[CrossRef]

J. C. Bermudez G., V. J. Pinto-Robledo, A.V. Kir’yanov, and M. J. Damzen, "The termo-lensing effect in a grazing incidence, diode-side-pumped Nd:YVO4 laser," Opt. Commun. 210, 75-82 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (1)

Opt. Lett. (4)

Other (1)

A. E. Siegman, Lasers (University Sciences Books, Mill Valley, CA, 1986).

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Figures (7)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

Schematic diagram for numerical modeling of the beam propagation analysis. (a) configuration 1, (b) configuration 2.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

Simulated incident beam size onto the PCM (a) along H- and (b) V-directions. Blue line show simulated of the beam size in the configuration 1. Red line show simulated in the configuration 2.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

The experimental setup of the phase conjugate amplifier system.

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

Output power as a function of the input master laser power. Experimental plots are shown by red circles. Solid line shows simulated curve.

Fig. 5.
Fig. 5.

Experimental output power as a function of the pump power. Blue and red circles show output powers with configuration 1 and configuration 2, respectively.

Fig. 6.
Fig. 6.

(a). Spatial and (b). temporal forms of the output beam.

Fig. 7.
Fig. 7.

Experimental output power as a function of the pump power. Red closed and blue open circles show output powers with three-bar-diode and single bar diode, respectively.

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