Abstract

The design, fabrication and characterization of a multilayer polarizing grating mirror developed for an Yb:YAG thin-disk laser resonator are reported. The potential of the proposed solution is discussed together with the first demonstration of a radially polarized Yb:YAG thin-disk laser.

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M. Abdou Ahmed and Th. Graf, Laser Phys. Lett. 3, 178 (2006).
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Figures (6)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Cross section of the proposed multilayer polarizing grating mirror.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Comparison of the spectral reflectivity distribution for TE polarization of a 40 nm deep grating etched into the mirror’s top layer only to that of a mirror with a 20 nm deep grating in the substrate below the coating.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

(a) AFM scan of the grating etched in the substrate before and after the coating. (b) SEM picture of the multilayer polarizing grating mirror.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Wavelength dependence of the reflectivities at normal incidence. As labeled, the black solid curve shows the calculated and the red dots the measured values for the TE polarization. The calculation and the experiments for the TM polarization are shown by the blue solid curve and the blue dots, respectively. The grating in the substrate had a period of 920 nm and groove depth of 25 nm .

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

Yb:YAG thin-disk laser resonator used for the generation of radially polarized radiation.

Fig. 6
Fig. 6

Measured intensity distribution of the 10 W radially polarized thin-disk laser beam without (top left) and with a linear polarizer at different orientations.

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