Abstract

We present a novel grazing-incidence composite thin slab laser (CTSL) with an almost aberration-free gain medium. The laser consists of a 260µm thin Nd:YVO4 plate that is diffusion bonded to an undoped YVO4 slab. The Nd:YVO4 plate is cooled at just one side, suppressing temperature gradients that would induce wave-front distortions in the laser field. The pump light of a noncollimated diode bar is directly coupled into the undoped YVO4 slab and guided by total internal reflection to the attached Nd:YVO4 plate. Since any pump-beam-shaping optics can be omitted, the laser is simple and compact. We obtained transverse multimode optical output powers of 14 and 9.3 W with M21.3.

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J. C. Bermudez Gutierrez, M. J. Damzen, V. J. Pinto-Robledo, A. V. Kir’Yanov, and J. J. Soto-Bernal, Appl. Phys. B 76, 13 (2003).
[CrossRef]

2001 (1)

M. J. Damzen, M. Trew, E. Rosas, and G. J. Crofts, Opt. Commun. 196, 237 (2001).
[CrossRef]

2000 (1)

1999 (1)

1997 (1)

J. Alcock and J. E. Bernard, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 3, 3 (1997).
[CrossRef]

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A. Giesen, H. Hügel, A. Voss, K. Wittig, U. Brauch, and H. Opower, Appl. Phys. B 58, 365 (1994).
[CrossRef]

1993 (1)

Alcock, A. J.

Alcock, J.

J. Alcock and J. E. Bernard, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 3, 3 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Bartels, R. A.

R. H. Page, R. A. Bartels, R. J. Beach, S. B. Sutton, L. H. Furu, and J. E. LaSala, in Photonics in Switching, Vol. 10 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1997), p. 214.

Beach, R. J.

R. H. Page, R. A. Bartels, R. J. Beach, S. B. Sutton, L. H. Furu, and J. E. LaSala, in Photonics in Switching, Vol. 10 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1997), p. 214.

Bermudez Gutierrez, J. C.

J. C. Bermudez Gutierrez, M. J. Damzen, V. J. Pinto-Robledo, A. V. Kir’Yanov, and J. J. Soto-Bernal, Appl. Phys. B 76, 13 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Bernard, J. E.

J. Alcock and J. E. Bernard, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 3, 3 (1997).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

Burns, D.

W. Lubeight, G. J. Valentine, and D. Burns, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 96 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2004), paper CThJJ5.

Chen, Y. F.

Crofts, G. J.

Damzen, M. J.

J. C. Bermudez Gutierrez, M. J. Damzen, V. J. Pinto-Robledo, A. V. Kir’Yanov, and J. J. Soto-Bernal, Appl. Phys. B 76, 13 (2003).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

Eason, R. W.

Furu, L. H.

R. H. Page, R. A. Bartels, R. J. Beach, S. B. Sutton, L. H. Furu, and J. E. LaSala, in Photonics in Switching, Vol. 10 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1997), p. 214.

Giesen, A.

A. Giesen, H. Hügel, A. Voss, K. Wittig, U. Brauch, and H. Opower, Appl. Phys. B 58, 365 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Hendricks, J.

Hügel, H.

A. Giesen, H. Hügel, A. Voss, K. Wittig, U. Brauch, and H. Opower, Appl. Phys. B 58, 365 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Kir’Yanov, A. V.

J. C. Bermudez Gutierrez, M. J. Damzen, V. J. Pinto-Robledo, A. V. Kir’Yanov, and J. J. Soto-Bernal, Appl. Phys. B 76, 13 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Lan, Y. P.

LaSala, J. E.

R. H. Page, R. A. Bartels, R. J. Beach, S. B. Sutton, L. H. Furu, and J. E. LaSala, in Photonics in Switching, Vol. 10 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1997), p. 214.

Lubeight, W.

W. Lubeight, G. J. Valentine, and D. Burns, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 96 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2004), paper CThJJ5.

Mailis, S.

Moore, N.

Opower, H.

A. Giesen, H. Hügel, A. Voss, K. Wittig, U. Brauch, and H. Opower, Appl. Phys. B 58, 365 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Page, R. H.

R. H. Page, R. A. Bartels, R. J. Beach, S. B. Sutton, L. H. Furu, and J. E. LaSala, in Photonics in Switching, Vol. 10 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1997), p. 214.

Pinto-Robledo, V. J.

J. C. Bermudez Gutierrez, M. J. Damzen, V. J. Pinto-Robledo, A. V. Kir’Yanov, and J. J. Soto-Bernal, Appl. Phys. B 76, 13 (2003).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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R. H. Page, R. A. Bartels, R. J. Beach, S. B. Sutton, L. H. Furu, and J. E. LaSala, in Photonics in Switching, Vol. 10 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1997), p. 214.

Trew, M.

Trooper, A. C.

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A. Giesen, H. Hügel, A. Voss, K. Wittig, U. Brauch, and H. Opower, Appl. Phys. B 58, 365 (1994).
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U. Wittrock, “Solid-state laser amplifier,” European patent application EP 1333547A2 (January1, 2003).

Appl. Phys. B (2)

A. Giesen, H. Hügel, A. Voss, K. Wittig, U. Brauch, and H. Opower, Appl. Phys. B 58, 365 (1994).
[CrossRef]

J. C. Bermudez Gutierrez, M. J. Damzen, V. J. Pinto-Robledo, A. V. Kir’Yanov, and J. J. Soto-Bernal, Appl. Phys. B 76, 13 (2003).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (1)

J. Alcock and J. E. Bernard, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 3, 3 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Commun. (1)

M. J. Damzen, M. Trew, E. Rosas, and G. J. Crofts, Opt. Commun. 196, 237 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (3)

Other (3)

W. Lubeight, G. J. Valentine, and D. Burns, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 96 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2004), paper CThJJ5.

U. Wittrock, “Solid-state laser amplifier,” European patent application EP 1333547A2 (January1, 2003).

R. H. Page, R. A. Bartels, R. J. Beach, S. B. Sutton, L. H. Furu, and J. E. LaSala, in Photonics in Switching, Vol. 10 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1997), p. 214.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

(a) Top view and (b) side view of the novel grazing-incidence CTSL.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

(a) Heat flow and temperature profile with parallel isotherms in the CTSL. (b) Mirrored temperature profile and corresponding beam propagation. Drawings are not to scale.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

(a) Reference interferogram of the nonpumped crystal. (b) Interferogram of the 35-W pumped crystal. The dashed circle indicates the projected 1.06µm laser beam diameter. The defocus Zernike coefficient of the reconstructed wave front is z3=0.11λ at 1.06 µm, which corresponds to a refractive power of 0.08 W-1 m-1. The peak-to-valley value of higher-order aberrations is 0.06λ.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Output power of the YVO4Nd:YVO4 CTSL.

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