Abstract

We report the operation of Nd:YAG ring laser resonators formed by diffractive coupling from a gain volume hologram written in a Nd:YAG amplifier. Stable diffraction-limited output in a TEM00 mode is demonstrated in a Nd:YAG system with thermal lensing and without the requirement of spatial mode control.

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    [CrossRef]
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    [CrossRef]
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    [CrossRef] [PubMed]
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    [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  7. G. J. Crofts, R. P. M. Green, M. J. Damzen, “Analysis of geometries for efficient orthogonal-pump four-wave mixing in inverted Nd:YAG,” Opt. Commun. (to be published).

1994 (1)

1993 (1)

R. P. M. Green, G. J. Crofts, M. J. Damzen, Opt. Commun. 102, 288 (1993).
[CrossRef]

1992 (2)

1989 (1)

I. M. Bel’dyugin, V. A. Berenberg, A. E. Vasil’ev, I. V. Mochalov, V. M. Petnikova, G. T. Petrovskii, M. A. Kharchenko, V. V. Shuvalov, Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 19, 740 (1989).
[CrossRef]

Bel’dyugin, I. M.

I. M. Bel’dyugin, V. A. Berenberg, A. E. Vasil’ev, I. V. Mochalov, V. M. Petnikova, G. T. Petrovskii, M. A. Kharchenko, V. V. Shuvalov, Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 19, 740 (1989).
[CrossRef]

Berenberg, V. A.

I. M. Bel’dyugin, V. A. Berenberg, A. E. Vasil’ev, I. V. Mochalov, V. M. Petnikova, G. T. Petrovskii, M. A. Kharchenko, V. V. Shuvalov, Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 19, 740 (1989).
[CrossRef]

Crofts, G. J.

M. J. Damzen, R. P. M. Green, G. J. Crofts, Opt. Lett. 19, 34 (1994).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

R. P. M. Green, G. J. Crofts, M. J. Damzen, Opt. Commun. 102, 288 (1993).
[CrossRef]

G. J. Crofts, R. P. M. Green, M. J. Damzen, Opt. Lett. 17, 920 (1992).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. J. Damzen, R. P. M. Green, G. J. Crofts, Opt. Lett. 17, 1331 (1992).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

G. J. Crofts, R. P. M. Green, M. J. Damzen, “Analysis of geometries for efficient orthogonal-pump four-wave mixing in inverted Nd:YAG,” Opt. Commun. (to be published).

Damzen, M. J.

M. J. Damzen, R. P. M. Green, G. J. Crofts, Opt. Lett. 19, 34 (1994).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

R. P. M. Green, G. J. Crofts, M. J. Damzen, Opt. Commun. 102, 288 (1993).
[CrossRef]

G. J. Crofts, R. P. M. Green, M. J. Damzen, Opt. Lett. 17, 920 (1992).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. J. Damzen, R. P. M. Green, G. J. Crofts, Opt. Lett. 17, 1331 (1992).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

G. J. Crofts, R. P. M. Green, M. J. Damzen, “Analysis of geometries for efficient orthogonal-pump four-wave mixing in inverted Nd:YAG,” Opt. Commun. (to be published).

Eichler, H. J.

H. J. Eichler, P. Gunter, D. W. Pohl, Laser-Induced Dynamic Gratings, 1st ed., Vol. 50 of Springer Series in Optical Sciences (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1986).

Green, R. P. M.

M. J. Damzen, R. P. M. Green, G. J. Crofts, Opt. Lett. 19, 34 (1994).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

R. P. M. Green, G. J. Crofts, M. J. Damzen, Opt. Commun. 102, 288 (1993).
[CrossRef]

G. J. Crofts, R. P. M. Green, M. J. Damzen, Opt. Lett. 17, 920 (1992).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. J. Damzen, R. P. M. Green, G. J. Crofts, Opt. Lett. 17, 1331 (1992).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

G. J. Crofts, R. P. M. Green, M. J. Damzen, “Analysis of geometries for efficient orthogonal-pump four-wave mixing in inverted Nd:YAG,” Opt. Commun. (to be published).

Gunter, P.

H. J. Eichler, P. Gunter, D. W. Pohl, Laser-Induced Dynamic Gratings, 1st ed., Vol. 50 of Springer Series in Optical Sciences (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1986).

Kharchenko, M. A.

I. M. Bel’dyugin, V. A. Berenberg, A. E. Vasil’ev, I. V. Mochalov, V. M. Petnikova, G. T. Petrovskii, M. A. Kharchenko, V. V. Shuvalov, Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 19, 740 (1989).
[CrossRef]

Mochalov, I. V.

I. M. Bel’dyugin, V. A. Berenberg, A. E. Vasil’ev, I. V. Mochalov, V. M. Petnikova, G. T. Petrovskii, M. A. Kharchenko, V. V. Shuvalov, Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 19, 740 (1989).
[CrossRef]

Petnikova, V. M.

I. M. Bel’dyugin, V. A. Berenberg, A. E. Vasil’ev, I. V. Mochalov, V. M. Petnikova, G. T. Petrovskii, M. A. Kharchenko, V. V. Shuvalov, Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 19, 740 (1989).
[CrossRef]

Petrovskii, G. T.

I. M. Bel’dyugin, V. A. Berenberg, A. E. Vasil’ev, I. V. Mochalov, V. M. Petnikova, G. T. Petrovskii, M. A. Kharchenko, V. V. Shuvalov, Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 19, 740 (1989).
[CrossRef]

Pohl, D. W.

H. J. Eichler, P. Gunter, D. W. Pohl, Laser-Induced Dynamic Gratings, 1st ed., Vol. 50 of Springer Series in Optical Sciences (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1986).

Shuvalov, V. V.

I. M. Bel’dyugin, V. A. Berenberg, A. E. Vasil’ev, I. V. Mochalov, V. M. Petnikova, G. T. Petrovskii, M. A. Kharchenko, V. V. Shuvalov, Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 19, 740 (1989).
[CrossRef]

Vasil’ev, A. E.

I. M. Bel’dyugin, V. A. Berenberg, A. E. Vasil’ev, I. V. Mochalov, V. M. Petnikova, G. T. Petrovskii, M. A. Kharchenko, V. V. Shuvalov, Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 19, 740 (1989).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Commun. (1)

R. P. M. Green, G. J. Crofts, M. J. Damzen, Opt. Commun. 102, 288 (1993).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (3)

Sov. J. Quantum Electron. (1)

I. M. Bel’dyugin, V. A. Berenberg, A. E. Vasil’ev, I. V. Mochalov, V. M. Petnikova, G. T. Petrovskii, M. A. Kharchenko, V. V. Shuvalov, Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 19, 740 (1989).
[CrossRef]

Other (2)

H. J. Eichler, P. Gunter, D. W. Pohl, Laser-Induced Dynamic Gratings, 1st ed., Vol. 50 of Springer Series in Optical Sciences (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1986).

G. J. Crofts, R. P. M. Green, M. J. Damzen, “Analysis of geometries for efficient orthogonal-pump four-wave mixing in inverted Nd:YAG,” Opt. Commun. (to be published).

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Figures (5)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

(a) Diagram of the basic holographic ring laser. The loop is formed by mirrors M1–M4 and a holographic element (amplifier A2), with additional gain supplied by amplifying element A1. (b) Experimental geometry with two p-polarized beams to write the holographic gain grating. The loop oscillation of s-polarized light is indicated by the dashed-line path.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

(a) Single-longitudinal-mode temporal profile and (b) a multimode output from the holographic ring resonator shown in Fig. 1(b).

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

(a) Experimental self-conjugating ring resonator with separate paths for the s-polarized writing beam (solid-line path) and the resonating p-polarized light (dashed-line path) and (b) with a double-pass holographic amplifier A2.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Three-dimensional spatial plot of the output in the conjugate direction from the double-pass ring resonator shown in Fig. 3(b).

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

Temporal output from the double-pass ring resonator in (a) the conjugate direction and (b) the forward direction. The forward direction shows initially the amplified writing pulse and subsequently the pulse produced by the lasing of the ring resonator.

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