Abstract

A new simple, compact, and efficient optical device is presented that allows any commercially available arrays or stacks to longitudinally pump laser materials. A Nd:YVO4 laser was built and an optical–optical efficiency as great as 50% was demonstrated with a diffraction-limited beam.

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1991

C. Shannon, R. W. Wallace, Opt. Lett. 16, 318 (1991).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

P. Lacovara, P. Gleckman, R. Holman, R. Winston, Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng. 1528, 135 (1991).

1977

Beach, R.

Benett, W.

Chuang, Ti

Collares-Pereira, M.

Davin, J.

Freitas, B.

Frietas, B.

Gleckman, P.

P. Lacovara, P. Gleckman, R. Holman, R. Winston, Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng. 1528, 135 (1991).

Holman, R.

P. Lacovara, P. Gleckman, R. Holman, R. Winston, Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng. 1528, 135 (1991).

Lacovara, P.

P. Lacovara, P. Gleckman, R. Holman, R. Winston, Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng. 1528, 135 (1991).

Luneburg, K.

K. Luneburg, Mathematical Theory of Optics (U. California Press, Berkeley, Calif., 1964), p. 251.

Mitchell, S.

Rabl, A.

Reichert, P.

Shannon, C.

Solarz, R.

Velsko, A.

Verdun, R.

Wallace, R. W.

Welford, T.

T. Welford, R. Winston, High Collection Nonimaging Optics (Academic, New York, 1989), pp. 53–114.

Winston, R.

P. Lacovara, P. Gleckman, R. Holman, R. Winston, Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng. 1528, 135 (1991).

M. Collares-Pereira, A. Rabl, R. Winston, Appl. Opt. 16, 2677 (1977).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

T. Welford, R. Winston, High Collection Nonimaging Optics (Academic, New York, 1989), pp. 53–114.

Appl. Opt.

Opt. Lett.

Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng.

P. Lacovara, P. Gleckman, R. Holman, R. Winston, Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng. 1528, 135 (1991).

Other

T. Welford, R. Winston, High Collection Nonimaging Optics (Academic, New York, 1989), pp. 53–114.

K. Luneburg, Mathematical Theory of Optics (U. California Press, Berkeley, Calif., 1964), p. 251.

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Figures (5)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Lens duct assembly.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Ray-tracing plot of the lens duct for rays emitted at an angle of 6.3° in the array slow-axis plane.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Slow-axis plane energy distributions predicted by the model (dotted curve) and measured (solid curve).

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Cavity layout in (a) the array slow-axis plane and (b) the array fast-axis plane.

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

Output energy versus pump energy for 100-μs-long pulses (solid curve) and 200-μs-long pulses (dotted curve). The pump energies are not corrected for the transmission at 0.8 μm of the high-reflector coating.

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