Abstract

In a recent work, the authors reported the experimental demonstration of wavelength tuning in a single birefringent plate of Ti:sapphire crystal based on its own birefringence properties. In that device, the thickness of the active plate, limited by the width of the single order tuning spectral region, imposed a strong constraint in the power performance of the laser. The aim of this work is to overcome this limitation by using a set of several identical birefringent plates so that the wavelength tuning of the laser is obtained by synchronously rotating the plates in their own plane. A discussion about the laser performance is presented.

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2005 (2)

I. Aramburu, I. Iparraguirre, M.A. Illarramendi, J. Azkargorta, J. Fernández, and R. Balda, "Self-tuning in birefringent La3Ga5SiO14:Nd3+ laser crystal," Opt. Mater. 27, 1692-1696 (2005).
[CrossRef]

I. Iparraguirre, I. Aramburu, J. Azkargorta, M. A. Illarramendi, J. Fernández, and R. Balda, "Wavelength tuning of Ti: Sapphire laser by its own crystal birefringence," Opt. Express 131254-1259 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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1988 (1)

1980 (1)

Aramburu, I.

Azkargorta, J.

Balda, R.

Fernández, J.

Gole, J. L.

Hetherington, W. M.

Illarramendi, A.

Illarramendi, M. A.

Illarramendi, M.A.

I. Aramburu, I. Iparraguirre, M.A. Illarramendi, J. Azkargorta, J. Fernández, and R. Balda, "Self-tuning in birefringent La3Ga5SiO14:Nd3+ laser crystal," Opt. Mater. 27, 1692-1696 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Iparraguirre, I.

Khattak, C. P.

Preuss, D. R.

Rapoport, W. R.

Voda, M.

Wang, X.

Yao, J.

Zagone, R. L.

Zhu, S.

Appl. Opt. (5)

Opt. Express (1)

Opt. Lett. (1)

Opt. Mater. (1)

I. Aramburu, I. Iparraguirre, M.A. Illarramendi, J. Azkargorta, J. Fernández, and R. Balda, "Self-tuning in birefringent La3Ga5SiO14:Nd3+ laser crystal," Opt. Mater. 27, 1692-1696 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Other (2)

S. Huard, Polarization of Light (John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1997) pp. 205-209.

A. Yariv and P. Yen, Optical Waves in Crystals, Wiley Series on Pure and Applied Optics (Wiley, New York, 1984), pp. 151-152.

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Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

Experimental set-up for the self-tuned Al2O3:Ti3+ laser.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

Tuning range of Ti:sapphire laser as a function of the orientation angle φ between the optical axis and the polarization plane. The plates thickness was 476 microns.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

Relative intensity of the laser emission as a function of the tuned wavelength.

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

Laser output energy as a function of the absorbed pumping energy. The orientation angle φ between the optical axis and the polarization plane was fixed at 15° (λmax = 860 nm).

Fig. 5.
Fig. 5.

Spatial mode of the laser output beam.

Fig. 6.
Fig. 6.

Tuned wavelength of Ti:sapphire laser as function of the orientation angle φ between the optical axis and the polarization plane in the extended IR zone. The thickness of the plates was 476 microns.

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λ max ( φ ) = e m [ n e 1 sin 2 θ i ( sin 2 φ n e 2 + cos 2 φ n o 2 ) n o 1 sin 2 θ i n o 2 ]

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