Abstract

A scheme of self-adaptive, closed-loop, diode-side-pumped Nd:YAG slab laser was presented. As a result of four-wave mixing of standing waves intersecting at a small angle in a closed-loop cavity, the self-adaptive process of beam cleaning leading to fundamental mode operation despite severe asymmetry of the inversion profile and thermal-optical distortion was achieved. The output beam was extracted from the cavity as the first- order diffraction beam on the dynamic gain gratings created in an active medium. The near-diffraction-limited (parameter M2<1.4, divergence of 1 mrad) output beam of 250 mJ energy and the optical slope efficiency of 30% at a repetition rate of up to 25 Hz in a free-running regime were demonstrated.

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2012 (1)

R. Soulard, A. Brigon, S. Raby, E. Durand, and R. Moncorgé, Appl. Phys. B 106, 295 (2012).
[CrossRef]

2004 (2)

2003 (1)

S. Y. Lam and M. J. Damzen, Appl. Phys. B 76, 237(2003).
[CrossRef]

2001 (1)

O. L. Antipov, D. V. Chausov, A. S. Kuzhelev, and V. A. Vorobiev, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 37, 716 (2001).
[CrossRef]

1999 (1)

1997 (1)

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1989 (1)

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[CrossRef]

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1972 (1)

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

R. Soulard, A. Brigon, and J.-P. Huignard, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 14, 2049 (1997).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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O. L. Antipov, D. V. Chausov, A. S. Kuzhelev, and V. A. Vorobiev, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 37, 716 (2001).
[CrossRef]

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Appl. Phys. B (2)

S. Y. Lam and M. J. Damzen, Appl. Phys. B 76, 237(2003).
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R. Soulard, A. Brigon, S. Raby, E. Durand, and R. Moncorgé, Appl. Phys. B 106, 295 (2012).
[CrossRef]

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O. L. Antipov, D. V. Chausov, A. S. Kuzhelev, and V. A. Vorobiev, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 37, 716 (2001).
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Opt. Lett. (4)

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M. J. Damzen, A. Brignon, and J.-P. Huignard, Phase Conjugate Laser Optics (Wiley, 2004).

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Figures (5)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

Scheme of self-adaptive, side-pumped laser: M1, M2, M3, M4, flat highly reflective mirrors; E1(+), E3(+), E1(), E2() forward/backward propagating waves; E4, output, first-order diffraction beam.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

Inversion distribution in slab aperture 4mm×4mm: a. results of model and b. experimental results.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

Two-dimensional beam distributions in far-field. Frame size is 10mrad×10mrad; a. 8mrad×6mrad divergence for short, linear cavity; b. 1mrad×1mrad divergence for self-adaptive cavity.

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

Output energy versus pump energy for several intersection angles.

Fig. 5.
Fig. 5.

Output energy versus pump energy for several output coupler transmittances.

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