Abstract

We present, for what we believe is the first time, results of continuous-wave diode-pumping of a Nd:YVO4 laser with an adaptive gain-grating resonator. The system is shown to produce more than a 7-W output in a TEM00 single longitudinal mode with a laser beam propagation parameter M2 of <1.3 and <1.1 in the x and y axes, respectively. We demonstrate the self-adaptive abilities of the resonator by spatial correction of an intracavity aberrator for both injected and self-starting versions of the cavity.

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Shepherd, D. P.

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[CrossRef]

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematics of (a) the adaptive gain-grating laser resonator and (b) the experimental diode-pumped Nd:YVO4 gain-grating system. The output coupler (OC) is used only for the self-starting version of the resonator.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Elliptical TEM00 output beam profile of the injected adaptive resonator at an output power level of 6.5 W.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Output power of the injected resonator as a function of injection beam power for three values of small-signal gain G0 of the gain-grating amplifier; , G0exp20; , G0exp10; , G0exp8.5.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Beam profiles showing (a) the phase-conjugate output of the self-starting resonator, (b) the distortions introduced by the intracavity aberrating plate, and (c) the phase-conjugate output of the self-starting resonator with the aberrating plate inside the cavity.

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