Abstract

A simple technique for reducing the loss that is due to depolarization resulting from thermally induced stress birefringence in solid-state lasers is reported. The technique uses a single intracavity quarter-wave plate with its fast or slow axis aligned parallel to the preferred plane of polarization, defined by an intracavity polarizer. This technique has been applied to a diode-bar-pumped Nd:YAG laser operating at 946  nm, resulting in a measured reduction in depolarization loss from 1.7% to 0.0006% and yielding a diffraction-limited, TEM00, linearly polarized output power of 2.9  W for an incident pump power of 14.3  W.

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