Abstract

We present a compact diode-end-pumped Nd:YAG amplifier with a FWHM angular bandwidth of 100°. Using a 1.064-µm probe beam, we measured a 2-pass gain of 23 (13.6  dB) and a 4-pass gain of 420 (26.2  dB). High-gain image amplification with such a laser amplifier is also demonstrated.

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Brignon, A.

Brousse, E.

T. Fillardet, E. Brousse, J.-P. Duchemin, G. Volluet, and J.-P. Hirtz, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe, Vol. 9 of 1996 OSA Technical Digest (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), paper CTuM1.

Bussac, C.

G. Feugnet, C. Bussac, C. Larat, M. Schwarz, and J.-P. Pocholle, Proc. SPIE 2698, 105 (1996).
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Chan, K.

Coyle, D. B.

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Duchemin, J.-P.

T. Fillardet, E. Brousse, J.-P. Duchemin, G. Volluet, and J.-P. Hirtz, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe, Vol. 9 of 1996 OSA Technical Digest (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), paper CTuM1.

Feugnet, G.

Fillardet, T.

T. Fillardet, E. Brousse, J.-P. Duchemin, G. Volluet, and J.-P. Hirtz, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe, Vol. 9 of 1996 OSA Technical Digest (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), paper CTuM1.

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Hardy, A.

U. Ganiel, A. Hardy, G. Neumann, and D. Treves, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-11, 881 (1975).
[CrossRef]

Head, D. F.

T. M. Baer, D. F. Head, P. Gooding, G. J. Kintz, and S. Hutchison, IEEE. J. Quantum Electron. 28, 1131 (1992).
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T. Fillardet, E. Brousse, J.-P. Duchemin, G. Volluet, and J.-P. Hirtz, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe, Vol. 9 of 1996 OSA Technical Digest (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), paper CTuM1.

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Lee, S. H.

R. P. Akins and S. H. Lee, Appl. Phys. Lett. 35, 660 (1979).
[CrossRef]

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J. E. Bernard, E. McCullough, and A. J. Alcock, Opt. Commun. 109, 109 (1994).
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Neumann, G.

U. Ganiel, A. Hardy, G. Neumann, and D. Treves, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-11, 881 (1975).
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Pocholle, J.-P.

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T. W. Hänsch, F. Varsanyi, and A. L. Schawlow, Appl. Phys. Lett. 18, 108 (1971).
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G. Feugnet, C. Bussac, C. Larat, M. Schwarz, and J.-P. Pocholle, Proc. SPIE 2698, 105 (1996).
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Treves, D.

U. Ganiel, A. Hardy, G. Neumann, and D. Treves, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-11, 881 (1975).
[CrossRef]

Varsanyi, F.

T. W. Hänsch, F. Varsanyi, and A. L. Schawlow, Appl. Phys. Lett. 18, 108 (1971).
[CrossRef]

Vecht, D. L.

Verny, T.

Volluet, G.

T. Fillardet, E. Brousse, J.-P. Duchemin, G. Volluet, and J.-P. Hirtz, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe, Vol. 9 of 1996 OSA Technical Digest (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), paper CTuM1.

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A. Yariv, Optical Electronics, 3rd ed. (Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York, 1985), pp. 543–546.

Appl. Opt. (2)

Appl. Phys. Lett. (2)

T. W. Hänsch, F. Varsanyi, and A. L. Schawlow, Appl. Phys. Lett. 18, 108 (1971).
[CrossRef]

R. P. Akins and S. H. Lee, Appl. Phys. Lett. 35, 660 (1979).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (1)

U. Ganiel, A. Hardy, G. Neumann, and D. Treves, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-11, 881 (1975).
[CrossRef]

IEEE. J. Quantum Electron. (1)

T. M. Baer, D. F. Head, P. Gooding, G. J. Kintz, and S. Hutchison, IEEE. J. Quantum Electron. 28, 1131 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Commun. (1)

J. E. Bernard, E. McCullough, and A. J. Alcock, Opt. Commun. 109, 109 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (3)

Proc. SPIE (1)

G. Feugnet, C. Bussac, C. Larat, M. Schwarz, and J.-P. Pocholle, Proc. SPIE 2698, 105 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Other (3)

A. Yariv, Optical Electronics, 3rd ed. (Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York, 1985), pp. 543–546.

D. B. Coyle, J. J. Talamonti, and T. Bertram, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 12 of 1992 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1992), paper CTuM5.

T. Fillardet, E. Brousse, J.-P. Duchemin, G. Volluet, and J.-P. Hirtz, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe, Vol. 9 of 1996 OSA Technical Digest (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), paper CTuM1.

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Figures (6)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Optical schematic of the 2-pass diode-end-pumped Nd:YAG amplifier: (a) slow-axis plane view, (b) fast-axis plane view.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Unsaturated 2-pass gain at 1.064 µm as a function of the incident angle for both directions.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Schematic of the 4-pass Nd:YAG amplifier: M’s, highly reflecting plane mirrors.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

(a) Gain and (b) energy Eext extracted from the amplifier as a function of input probe energy Ein. θxθy0.

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

Experimental setup for coherent image amplification with (a) the 2-pass and (b) the 4-pass diode-end-pumped Nd:YAG amplifier. L1L3, converging lenses; PBS, polarizing beam splitter; QWP, quater-wave retardation plate; M, highly reflecting plane mirror.

Fig. 6
Fig. 6

Image of test chart after laser amplification: (a) 2-pass geometry, 16× amplification factor, Ein=20 µJ; (b) 4-pass geometry, 270× amplification factor, Ein=0.5 µJ.

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NS1S2λ2f2=π tan θx tan θyS2λ2,

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