Abstract

In high average power multi-pass amplifier systems, Pockels cell, used for isolating and controlling number of passes, encounters both limitation of aperture and thermo-effects. We propose and demonstrate for the first time, as far as we know, a reflecting Pockels cell (RPC) which is longitudinally excited based on KD*P utilizing matched a discharge chamber and a copper plate as electrodes. In the RPC, electro-optic crystal can be longitudinally conduction-cooled. This device, with a 40mm × 40mm clear aperture, can be scaled to larger, and driven by one low voltage pulse. Excellent switching efficiency, high static extinction ratio, and negligible thermo-effects have been achieved.

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2009 (1)

2007 (1)

2006 (1)

2002 (1)

G. Gardelle and E. Pasini, “A simple operation of a plasma electrode Pockels cell for the laser Megajouls,” J. Appl. Phys. 91(5), 2631–2636 (2002).
[CrossRef]

1993 (1)

1990 (1)

L. F. Weaver, C. S. Petty, and D. Eimerl, “Multikilowatt Pockels cell for high average power laser systems,” J. Appl. Phys. 68(6), 2589–2598 (1990).
[CrossRef]

1987 (1)

D. Eimerl, “High average power harmonic generation,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 23(5), 575–592 (1987).
[CrossRef]

1984 (1)

Cao, D.

Cost, E. C.

Denchev, O. E.

Dengsheng, W.

Eimerl, D.

L. F. Weaver, C. S. Petty, and D. Eimerl, “Multikilowatt Pockels cell for high average power laser systems,” J. Appl. Phys. 68(6), 2589–2598 (1990).
[CrossRef]

D. Eimerl, “High average power harmonic generation,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 23(5), 575–592 (1987).
[CrossRef]

Gardelle, G.

G. Gardelle and E. Pasini, “A simple operation of a plasma electrode Pockels cell for the laser Megajouls,” J. Appl. Phys. 91(5), 2631–2636 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Goldhar, J.

Green, E. T.

Henesian, M. A.

Hoyt, Z. M.

Kelly, J. H.

Kruschwitz, B. E.

Kurtev, S. Z.

Li, M.

Pasini, E.

G. Gardelle and E. Pasini, “A simple operation of a plasma electrode Pockels cell for the laser Megajouls,” J. Appl. Phys. 91(5), 2631–2636 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Petty, C. S.

L. F. Weaver, C. S. Petty, and D. Eimerl, “Multikilowatt Pockels cell for high average power laser systems,” J. Appl. Phys. 68(6), 2589–2598 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Savov, S. D.

Shoup Iii, M. J.

Taniguchi, J.

Walker, T. W.

Waxer, L. J.

Weaver, L. F.

L. F. Weaver, C. S. Petty, and D. Eimerl, “Multikilowatt Pockels cell for high average power laser systems,” J. Appl. Phys. 68(6), 2589–2598 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Wenqiong, G.

Wu, D.

Xiongjun, Z.

Yu, H.

Zhan, S.

Zhang, J.

Zhang, X.

Zheng, J.

Zhou, X.

Appl. Opt. (2)

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (1)

D. Eimerl, “High average power harmonic generation,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 23(5), 575–592 (1987).
[CrossRef]

J. Appl. Phys. (2)

L. F. Weaver, C. S. Petty, and D. Eimerl, “Multikilowatt Pockels cell for high average power laser systems,” J. Appl. Phys. 68(6), 2589–2598 (1990).
[CrossRef]

G. Gardelle and E. Pasini, “A simple operation of a plasma electrode Pockels cell for the laser Megajouls,” J. Appl. Phys. 91(5), 2631–2636 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (2)

Opt. Lett. (1)

Other (2)

S. Tokita, J. Kawanaka, and Y. Izawa, “Sapphire cooling at both faces of high-power cryogenic Yb:YAG disk laser,” 2nd International Workshop on High Energy Class Diode Pumped Solid State Lasers, Jena, Germany, 10–12 June (2005).

J. Caird, A. Bayramian, et al., “Mercury: A high repetition rate laser for high energy density physics, ” 29th European Conference on Laser Interaction with Matter, Madrid, Spain, UCRL-PRES-221983 (2006).

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